Saturday, July 13, 2013

Pussy Riot wins Lennono Award for Peace!



PUSSY RIOT

On September 21, 2012, at a special ceremony in NYC, the Russian feminist punk rock band, were acknowledged for standing firm in their belief for freedom of expression.  Yoko Ono presented the award to Pyotr Verzilov, husband of imprisoned Pussy Riot band member Nadia Tolokonnikova.    The monetary prize is being used to assist  the group’s effort to be released from prison.
Russian feminist punk rock band PUSSY RIOT stepped onto the global stage in February of 2012 after a provocative performance at Moscow’s sacred Cathedral of Christ the Saviour church in which they invoked the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladimir Putin.
After a video of the performance went viral, three of the group’s members were arrested and charged with HOOLIGANISM.
Their lengthy trial recently concluded with a two year jail sentence that has seen strong international criticism calling into question Russia’s policies towards freedom of speech and freedom of expression.
Pussy Riot has support of numerous world activists and human rights groups who have staged protests across the globe.
Yoko Ono with the backing of Amnesty International, awarded the grant to Pussy Riot in New York City on 21st September 2012 in the hope that they will be released as soon as possible

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