Musicians and artists unite to free Pussy Riot!

Musicians and artists unite to free Pussy Riot!

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) and owners of legendary rock club CBGB, Tim Hayes and Louise Parnassa Staley, are joining forces to help free punk rock prisoners of conscience, Pussy Riot. Pussy Riot's case connects the worlds of music and human rights.

Three women of the Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, were arrested in March on charges of 'hooliganism on the grounds of religious hatred'. They have been denied access to their families (including their young children) ever since. Their arrest and trial is an attempt by the Russian authorities to silence them and is emblematic of the recent crackdown by President Putin and his cronies to stifle free speech in Russia.

The case has inspired many musicians to speak out on Pussy Riot's behalf including Sting, Anjelique Kidjo and Natasha Bedingfield. These musicians have also signed on to the joint AIUSA-CBGB letter calling for Pussy Riot's freedom (русский version): Roger Waters of Pink Floyd, Peter Gabriel, Anthony Bourdain, Patti Schemel of Hole, Bunny Carlos, Gogol Bordello and the Family of Joey Ramone.

 

Free Pussy Riot!