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Pussy Riot abandons ‘brand,’ will form human rights group

Pussy Riot abandons ‘brand,’ will form human rights group | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it
The recently released members of punk band Pussy Riot say they will not continue their musical project, but will instead fight for human rights in Russia. The women plan to crowdfund a rights group and have invited Khodorkovsky and Navalny to join.
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Fantastic!  We are witnessing the 'birth' of a new and very powerful new Human Rights project. 'Rights Zone.'

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Russian punk band member taken to hospital after hunger strike ! #FreePussyRiot

Russian punk band member taken to hospital after hunger strike !  #FreePussyRiot | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

(Reuters) - A member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot who went on hunger strike in jail last week after being barred from a parole hearing was hospitalized on Tuesday, the husband of another band member said.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, and two other band members were sentenced to two years in prison after they broke into Moscow's main cathedral last year to perform a profanity-laced punk song against President Vladimir Putin.....

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I have profanities for Putin too, I'm not in prison!  How about caging Putin and releasing PussyRiot?!  Send humanity the bill..........

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Two Pussy Riot Members Sent To The 'Worst Prison Hell'

Two Pussy Riot Members Sent To The 'Worst Prison Hell' | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pussy Riot members Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are both mothers of young children -- to five-year-old Filipp and 4-year-old Gera -- and have both been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences, as their lawyer said to AFP.....

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Tell Secretary Clinton to Urge Russia to End the Systematic Persecution of Civil Society

Tell Secretary Clinton to Urge Russia to End the Systematic Persecution of Civil Society | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Russia is making headlines for all the wrong reasons. Members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot received guilty verdicts today for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred." The young women were each sentenced to two years in jail. Their crime: staging a nonviolent anti-Putin protest at Moscow's main cathedral. In addition, not shaken by a recent gay rights protest at the London Olympics, the Kremlin maintains its ban on LGBT organizations from the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

The Russian government is using antiextremism and incitement laws, which were enacted to combat hate crimes, to systematically silence dissenting voices including independent media, activists, religious believers, and LGBT and other minority groups. Russians who do not agree with President Putin and are unafraid to speak their mind are in trouble.

Secretary Hillary Clinton will travel to Russia in September for the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) conference. Tell the Secretary to stand with those fighting hatred and intolerance, not those perpetrating it. ....

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#FreePussyRiot ==== Free Russia!

#FreePussyRiot   ====  Free Russia! | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Pussy Riot verdict to be announced tomorrow! Sound the alarm for justice.....

Make no mistake: This is not a conversation that Russian authorities want to have. But thanks to you and everyone who has raised their voices to sound the alarm, this is a conversation they now must have.

Tomorrow, a court will rule on the fate of Pussy Riot. Masha, Nadia and Maria, who are being detained for their peaceful performance of a protest song in a cathedral, could very well be carted off to a labor camp in Siberia where they will be at risk of rape and other abuses. ...

 

 

 

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As Trial Ends, Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Remains Totally Defiant | Alternet

As Trial Ends, Russian Punk Band Pussy Riot Remains Totally Defiant | Alternet | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

You have to love these gals....insightful, intelligent to the extreme, and now very politically powerful!  KUDOS ALL!

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Pussy Riot Trial in Moscow Erupts in Chaos | Rolling Stone

Pussy Riot Trial in Moscow Erupts in Chaos  | Rolling Stone | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

'Three members of the band are currently on trial in Moscow, after Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested in March following an impromptu Pussy Riot performance at Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral. The band, who sang a song called 'Holy Shit' as a protest against the Orthodox Christian church's alleged support for Russian president Vladimir Putin, could face up to seven years in jail on hooliganism charges.' 

NME -  http://is.gd/oqwwf8        &        http://freepussyriot.org/

 

 

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Second Pussy Riot member freed

Second Pussy Riot member freed | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has become the second member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot to freed early from prison under a new amnesty law.

Band member Maria Alyokhina was freed earlier on Monday in Nizhny Novgorod.

Alyokhina said the amnesty was a "PR stunt" ahead of the Winter Olympics and she would rather have stayed in prison....

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Pussy Riot - Write-a-thon - Amnesty International USA

Pussy Riot - Write-a-thon - Amnesty International USA | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

In February 2012, members of Pussy Riot performed mere seconds of a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral that was critical of authorities in Russia. Two women - Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina – were found guilty of “hooliganism” and are serving sentences in notoriously brutal penal colonies. However, Masha could soon be released because of she is a single mother.

The two women are prisoners of conscience and there is serious concern for their safety.

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Free Pussy Riot - Amnesty International USA

Free Pussy Riot - Amnesty International USA | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

I am deeply concerned about the imprisonment of Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova for performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of the feminist punk group “Pussy Riot” on February 21, 2012. .....

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Pussy Riot Band Members Found Guilty As Protests Take Place Worldwide

Pussy Riot Band Members Found Guilty As Protests Take Place Worldwide | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

2 years in prison for each #Puss—ÉRiot defendant !

 

Outrageous!  Lock-up the Judge instead!

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5 Reasons Pussy Riot (Guilty Or Not) Has Won (Video)

5 Reasons Pussy Riot (Guilty Or Not) Has Won (Video) | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

At the end of this week on August 17, judge Marina Syrova will issue a verdict in the trial of feminist punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Jailed since March, they have been charged with “hooliganism,” of “gross violation of the public order and religious hatred,” for lip-syncing for 40 seconds to a “punk prayer” (“Virgin Mary, Chase Putin Out!”) in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior last December, following a protest against Russian president Vladimir Putin and charges of fraud in parliamentary elections. The three women could face up to seven years in prison though comments by Putin last week that they not be judged “too severely” suggest they may not receive the full sentence.

The trial of Alyokhina, Samutsevich and Tolokonnikova has become a “certified international cause,” as Michael Idov, editor in chief of GQ Russia, wrote in a New York Times op-ed. Amnesty International has named the three women “prisoners of conscience”; the US government has expressed concerns; Madonna, Bjork and hundreds of artists and performers have voiced support; more than 40,000 Russians have signed a petition protesting their arrest and detention; Russian civic and cultural figures have petitioned the country’s Supreme Court human rights ombudsperson for their release.

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Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks?

Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia's cool women punks? | Human Rights and the Will to be free | Scoop.it

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They're not the three young women in jail: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alekhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29 – or Nadia, Masha and Katya, as they're known. Nobody has been allowed to see them. Not their husbands, families or friends. But Pussy Riot is not just three women. It's a collective of "more than 10" women, including two others who performed in the cathedral and are still at large. And all of them have vanished since the arrests. They've all gone to ground. This isn't surprising given the danger they're in. They've spent five months in hiding, waiting to see if they'll be arrested too. And this is their first interview for western media.

Although they're not the imprisoned women, they don't have to be. That's the intention of the balaclavas – they're meant to be anonymous, indivisible, representative. It doesn't matter which of them got arrested. That's the point – that they're not individuals, they're an idea. And that's the thing that has gripped Russia and caught the attention of the rest of the world, too: that the Russian government has gone and arrested an idea and is prosecuting through the courts with a vindictiveness the Russian people haven't before seen. An idea perpetrated by three young, educated, middle-class women, or devushki (girls), as the Russians call them.

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Pussy Riot aren't just the coolest revolutionaries you're ever likely to meet. They're also the nicest. They're the daughters that any parent would be proud to have. Smart, funny, sensitive, not afraid to stand up for their beliefs. One of them makes a point of telling me how "kindness" is an important part of their ideology. They have also done more to expose the moral bankruptcy of the Putin regime than probably anybody else. No politician, nor journalist, nor opposition figure, nor public personality has created quite this much fuss. Nor sparked such potentially significant debate. The most amazing thing of all, perhaps – more amazing even than calling themselves feminists in the land women's rights forgot – is that they've done it with art.

 

http://is.gd/zdQPoi ; Pussy Riot performing 'Holy Shit'

@ Cathedral of the Redeemer on February 21st

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