Solidarity Concert for Pussy Riot

Event
Friday, August 10, 2012

Solidarity Concert for Pussy Riot

When: Friday, August 10 5:15-8 p.m.
Where: Outside of the Russian Embassy (Corner of Wisconsin & Edmunds)
What: Solidarity Concert with Detained Russian Punk Rockers, Pussy Riot
Who: Brenda, Mobius Strip, and Sad Bones (More bands TBA)

Why: Detained members of the Punk Rock Group Pussy Riot are currently on trial, facing a possible three year sentence. Their crime? An impromptu punk performance in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. The three young women, who have been charged with "hooliganism," now face up to three years' imprisonment simply because their punk rock band gave a politically charged and impromptu performance poking fun at President Putin at a cathedral. Our sources inside Russia tell us that the trial may wrap up as early as next Wednesday, August 15, and some signs are pointing in the direction of sending the women off to a labor camp.

Say what you will about Pussy Riot: this may not be your kind of music. Some people find their shows offensive. But it doesn't change the facts: Since March, these young women have been in jail and kept from their families, including small children, and they are being threatened with three years imprisonment - all because of a peaceful protest song that lasted less than a minute.

DC artist Andrea Collins, an Amnesty International coalition partner, is helping to coordinate this event.

Oppression thrives in silence. That is why we must loudly demand that Russian authorities free Pussy Riot now!

Outside the Russian Embassy
Wisconsin Ave. and Edmunds St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
United States