Pussy Riot Is Headed To Brooklyn!

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Just two months after being released from a Russian penal colony, members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot are coming to America. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear at an Amnesty International event called Bringing Human Rights Home, taking place in Brooklyn on February 5th. 

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were charged with “hooliganism” and sentenced to prison time after they spoke out publicly against the Russian Orthodox Church and President Vladmir Putin. In February 2012, they rushed the stage of a Moscow cathedral while dancing and jumping around, which they filmed for a punk song’s video. A court found them guilty of hooliganism incited by religious hatred, although the members of Pussy Riot insist they were only speaking out about the ways that the government and religions oppress women.

Russia ignored international criticism from the likes of Madonna, Bono and Bjork. The state eventually granted amnesty to their two-year prison sentences in December after 21 months in prison, primarily to avoid controversy at the upcoming 2014 Sochi Olympics. Since their release, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have both become activists for prison reform. Alyokhina said that in prison, there was a period of time where she was given daily forced gynecological exams.

Bringing Human Rights Home will be at Barclays Center and include appearances by Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, the Flaming Lips, Cake, and others. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are slated to speak about prisoners of conscience and said in a statement:

“We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty’s work is in connecting activists to prisoners. A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it’s like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on Feb. 5 in Brooklyn!”

[Amnesty International]
[Bringing Human Rights Home]
[New York Times]

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[Image via Getty — solidarity vigil for Pussy Riot in Washington, D.C.]

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