News

Sting, Peter Gabriel & RHCP Voice Support for Jailed Pussy Riot Members

Sting, Peter Gabriel & RHCP Voice Support for Jailed Pussy Riot Members -

The imprisonment of Russian all-girl outfit, Pussy Riot has caused understandable outrage around the free world and now a number of A-List musicians have backed the growing din of support for the jailed trio. 

Pussy Riot is a masked feminist punk-rock collective that stages politically charged guerrilla performances in and around Moscow. However, their latest stunt, which has led to their incarceration, was part of a protest movement against Vladimir Putin which saw the outfit perform a song protesting the Russian president in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow.

Sting, Faith No More, Franz Ferdinand, Madonna, Peter Gabriel and the Red Hot Chili Peppers are the latest stars to voice support,  with Chili members Anthony Kiedis and Flea presenting letters of support to Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of accused Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

At  a recent show in Moscow RHCP frontman Kiedis wore a Pussy Riot t-shirt whilst Franz Ferdinand's Alex Kaparanos dedicated 'This Fire' to Pussy Riot, also whilst performing in the Russian capital. Later, Kaparanos took to Twitter to describe Putin as "the worst kind of hypocrite" for professing to be a fan of John Lennon whilst attempting "to imprison contemporary musicians who express their political views."

The trial began this week with the three women in question, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina pleading not guilty to the charges of hooliganism and religious hatred. If found guilty, they could serve seven years in jail.

Pussy Riot gig at Christ the Savior Cathedral (original video)

Comments