Free Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot is a feminist punk collective whose members are imprisoned in Russia for performing a song critical of the government.

Pussy Riot is an anonymous Russian feminist performance art group formed in October 2011. Through a series of peaceful public performances that voiced how basic rights under threat in Russia today, while expressing the values and principles of gender equality, democracy and freedom of expression that are contained in the Russian constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the CEDAW Convention.


Nadia and Masha are serving 2 years on charges of “hooliganism” for their 1-minute performance on February 21, 2012 in a priests-only section of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The investigator’s report claims the performance was an act of religious hatred. The specific intention of the performance was to draw attention to the special relationship between President Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church,  as well a prayer to the Madonna to drive Putin away.


Masha and Nadya’s release date as it stands now is March 3, 2014. 

To: 
Vladimir Grinin 
Khamovnicheskij Court, Moscow 
Vladmir Putin, President 
Denis Gennadievich Popov, Prosecutor of the Moscow's Central District 
Yuri Yakovlevich Chaika, Prosecutor General 
Hillary Clinton, Secretary of State, United States of America 


В мае 2012 года три участницы Pussy Riot, Мария Алехина, Надежда Толоконникова и Екатерина Самуцевич были задержаны российскими правоохранительными органами за их протестую акцию в Храме Христа Спасителя в Москве. Их панк молебен был актом свободного выражения своего мнения и, поэтому, обвинения в "хулиганстве" и удержание девушек в заключении являются для мира показателем жестких репрессий, организованных в России для подавления свободы мысли и слова.

Если Россия хочет быть частью современного глобального мира, ей необходимо укоренить принципы свободной нации, в которой у людей есть право вести открытые и свободные диалоги на все темы. Дискуссии, дебаты и свободные действия граждан - это основа свободного общества. А преследуя этих молодых женщин, власти России насмехаются над свободой слова, свободой мысли и собственной конституцией. 

Мы, граждане мира и защитники свободы слова, ТРЕБУЕМ немедленно освободить Pussy Riot. 

Обвинения, выставленные против Марии, Надежды и Екатерины - ничего более, чем политическая игра российских властей и русской Православной Церкви начатая для того, чтобы укрепить контроль над россиянами и вселить чувство страха в свободных мыслителей, политических активистов и творческих людей в России. 

Весь мир наблюдает за этим судилищем - и нам не нравится то, что мы видим.

Освободите Pussy Riot!

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In English:

Dear Sir or Madam,
In March 2012 three members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevitch, were taken into custody by Russian authorities for their participation as part of a protest at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour of the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow. Their punk prayer is and was an act of free speech and the charges of “hooliganism” and detainment of the three women are seen by the world as a cruel heavy handed act of oppression, are being carried out to discourage free thought and speech in Russia.

If Russia wishes to be a part of the modern globalized world it must adhere to the standards and principals of a free nation where its people have the right to have a free and open dialogue about all subjects. Discussion, debate, and action are the basic building blocks of a free society. By following through with the prosecution and imprisonment of these women, Russia is currently making a mockery of free speech, free thought, and Russia's very own constitution. 

We, the citizens of the world and advocates for free speech, DEMAND the immediate release of Pussy Riot. The two year sentence facing Maia, Naadezhda, and Ekaterina are nothing more than a political stunt by the Russian authorities and Russian Orthodox Chruch to retain control over the Russian people and instill fear into the free-thinkers, political activists, and artists of Russia.

The world is watching, and we do not like what we see.

Free Pussy Riot!


Sincerely, 
[Your name]


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