“We’re calling on the Russian authorities to drop the charges of hooliganism and immediately and unconditionally release Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
“We consider them prisoners of conscience.
“If found guilty, they could face up to seven years’ imprisonment – a totally unjustifiable response to a peaceful protest performance.
“Amnesty will continue to campaign for their release for as long as it takes. There’s growing support for them and our text campaign has been massively popular, with over 12,000 people taking part so far.”
Pussy Riot performed the protest song “Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin” in Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow on 21 February, with several group members covering their faces in balaclavas. The song called on Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Vladimir Putin. It also criticized the dedication and support shown to Putin by some representatives of the Russian Orthodox Church. It was one of a number of performances intended as a protest against Mr. Putin in the run-up to Russia’s March presidential elections.
The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on 4 March, and Ekaterina Samutsevich on 15 March, claiming they were the masked singers. One of the women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, has admitted to being a member of the larger Pussy Riot group and taking part in the protest, while the other two deny any involvement in the cathedral protest.
Now YOU can join us and demand to FREE PUSSY RIOT. Please, open the attached file below and send an email/fax/letter to the Russian Prosecutor General urging him that the Russian authorities shall immediately and unconditionally release Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samutsevich. Please, send a copy of your appeal to the Moscow Khamovnichesky District Court.