Foreign artists like Sting, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Franz Ferdinand and others have been using their concerts in Russia to rally for Pussy Riot's release.
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On January 9, Saudi Arabian authorities publicly lashed Raif Badawi 50 times – the first flogging meted after Raif was sentenced to 1,000 lashes and 10 years imprisonment in May 2014.
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