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Petition: Free Pussy Riot

Here's a petition from Amnesty International calling for the release of the Russian feminist Punk band Pussy Riot, who are charged with "hooliganism" and "inciting religious hatred" for performing an Anti-Putin protest song in the Christ the Savior cathedral in Mocow. The penalty for this charge can be up to seven years, the prosecution demanded sentences of three years each for the women involved.

Free Pussy Riot

Three young women are being detained by Russian authorities for allegedly performing a protest song in a cathedral as part of a feminist punk group "Pussy Riot".

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich were arrested in March 2012 and charged with "hooliganism". If found guilty, they could be jailed for up to 7 years.

The three women deny any involvement in the protest although even if they took part, the severity of the response of the Russian authorities would not be a justifiable response to the peaceful - if, to many, offensive - expression of their political beliefs.

Tell the Russian authorities to drop all charges and release them!

Please sign the petition by Amnesty International and support freedom of expression in Russia!

TAGGED: CAMPAIGNS, FREE SPEECH


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