Join HBO and Send ‘A Punk Prayer’ For Pussy Riot

Opposition activists attend an anti-government rally in Moscow to demand the release of political prisoners, among them the still-jailed members of the female punk band Pussy Riot (Photo Credit: Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images).
Opposition activists attend an anti-government rally in Moscow to demand the release of political prisoners, among them the still-jailed members of the female punk band Pussy Riot (Photo Credit: Andrey Smirnov/AFP/Getty Images).

Sixteen months ago, three young women were arrested in Russia for performing less than 40 seconds of a punk protest song. Since then, millions of people have been captivated by their YouTube video. Five young women dressed in brightly colored balaclavas dance on the altar of in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, singing their opposition to the return of President Vladimir Putin.

As the world’s eyes turned toward Pussy Riot, it became clear that their arrest and trial was emblematic of something even bigger happening in Russian society. Pussy Riot became the story of the Putin-led government’s absolute intolerance – not just of punk rock, but of all forms of dissent.

On June 10, thousands of us will have the opportunity to peer even more deeply into these women’s lives and into the machinations of the Russian state. Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer will debut on HBO on Monday, June 10th at 9p/8c. The producers of the documentary, Mike Lerner and Maxim Pozdorovkin, appeared on The Daily Show to talk about the film.

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While we don’t all have the star power of Dire Straits, your voice is still powerful. Send the women of Pussy Riot a message of solidarity by getting on our map and tune into HBO’s Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer on Monday, June 10th at 9p/8c. To learn more about the film, click here.

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