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Guardian UK: Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to Fight On

APR 9, 2013 – Russian musical-activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, from Pussy Riot, gave an interview to the Guardian UK and vowed to continue her activism and fight on. She is finishing her two-year sentence for "hooliganism" after performing a "can-Can" dance and anti-Putin song in the Russian Orthodox Church. Speaking in a phone interview from a Mordovia prison camp Nadezhda said, "the government wants us to recognise our guilt, which of course we won't do. I submitted the parole documents to show that they cannot break a person."  (photo credit: CC/Igor Muhkin)

Read more on Guardian UK here. 
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KMFDM Releases Activist Song in Support of Pussy Riot

MAR 5, 2013 – KMFDM, an awesome activist band that was spawned in Germany in 1984, has released a cool activist song in support of Pussy Riot. Their BIO says, "KMFDM pioneered the crossover between techno/dance and heavy metal with their signature industrial sound." You can check out the band at their website HERE, and listen to the "Pussy Riot" track from their new album below.  (Photo credit: KMFDM.net)

One Pussy Riot Member Freed, Two Remain in Prison

OCT 10, 2012 – Yekaterina Samutsevich, one member of the punk music activist band "Pussy Riot" that has been imprisoned for a free speech action at the Russian Orthodox Church in Moscow, was freed yesterday after she unexpectedly won her appeal. Her two other bandmates remain in prison, and JTMP calls for their release also.  Some are saying that her changing her lawyers, whom supposedly Putin didn't like, had something to do with her release. Read more on WaPo here.

Aung San Suu Kyi Calls for Pussy Riot to be released

SEP 21, 2012 – Burma's (or "Myanmar's) Aung San Suu Kyi, who has been a champion of democracy and free speech in her country, is currently on a US tour, meeting with President Barack Obama and others. During a recent Town Hall event by Amnesty International, she defended Pussy Riot and called for their release saying, "I don't see why people should not sing whatever they want to sing."  Read more about it on NBC News, and watch the entire Town Hall video and Take Action on Amnesty International's website by going here.

PM Medvedev says Pussy Riot should be freed

AUG 13, 2012 – During a live broadcast of his meeting with the United Russia party, Russian Prime Minister Dimitri Medvedev came out in favor of freeing Pussy Riot saying the action made him sick, but keeping them in prison would be "counterproductive". He added, "In my view, a suspended sentence would be sufficient, taking into account the time they have already spent in custody." Read more on HuffPo here.

After Pussy Riot Verdict, Madonna Tells Fans to Appreciate Freedom

SEP 4, 2012 – JTMP has been very disappointed by the unjust and Draconian verdict the Russian courts handed down against Pussy Riot, but we will be fighting on their behalf to get the word out about their plight, and lobby for their freedom in any way we can. Check back frequently for news on that.

On August 29, 2012, after the verdict Madonna told her audience in PA, “never forget how lucky you are to live where you live and to have the freedom that you have.” Read more on HuffPo here. (photo credit: CC/Hans Schaft)

Topless woman chainsaws crucifix in response to Pussy Riot verdict

AUG 18, 2012 – A woman protesting the Pussy Riot trial showed her disapproval by going topless and chain sawing down a crucifix in the capital city of Ukraine, Kiev, at the time the verdict was being read and it was all recorded on video and posted to YouTube by RT Russian.  (JTMP recommends using Google Chrome so the Russian can be translated into English.)  The cross was erected in 2005 on a hilltop overlooking Kiev, and had served as a memorial to the victim's of Stalinist oppression and the famine of the 1930s, and many people are very upset by this free speech action. 22 year old Inna Shevchenko, is a member of the activist group FEMEN, whose mission is "to create the most favorable conditions for the young women to join up into a social group with the general idea of the mutual support…", and some of their goals are, "To counteract actively the negative tendencies endangering physical and mental health of the Ukrainian women community. Inform the society of the Ukrainian women’s issues and problems." Find out more info about FEMEN here, and watch Inna and her very provocative free speech action below. (WARNING: VIDEO CONTAINS BRIEF NUDITY)

From RT Russian's YouTube Channel:

"Activists of the women's movement FEMEN worship cross cut down on Independence Square in Kiev. Thus girls arrested participants expressed their support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, which today will be sentenced on charges of punk prayer service at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. Vkontakte – http://vk.com/rt_russian Facebook – http://www .facebook.com / RTRussian Twitter – http://twitter.com/RT_russian Livejournal – http://rt-russian.livejournal.com/ "


Free Pussy Riot Rallies Worldwide – Court Hands Down Guilty Verdict and 2-year sentences

AUG 17, 2012 – Even though there were worldwide protests calling for the release of Pussy Riot, such as the Russian Embassy here in DC that JTMP attended (see pic to right, and video coming soon), the Russian court handed down a guilty verdict and 2 year prison sentences to the 3 women activist musicians from the punk activist band Pussy Riot. The charge was "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred", and it has caused an uproar from people appalled by the decision. The White House, Sting, Sir Paul McCartney, and many, many people have come out and spoken against this verdict and harsh sentence.

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said the Obama administration is "disappointed with the Pussy Riot verdict. While we understand the group's behavior was offensive for some, we have concerns about the way these young women were treated by the Russian judicial system."

Sting on Amnesty International's website said, "Dissent is a legitimate and essential right in any democracy and modern politicians must accept this fact with tolerance. A sense of proportion – and a sense of humour – is a sign of strength, not a sign of weakness."

Everyone is hoping for Putin to step in and reverse these charges and free these women, which are even putting a strain on Russian-European relations. To sign the petition to Free Pussy Riot, go to Amnesty International's petition here.This leads us to why this is all really happening: The powerful Russian Orthodox Church is behind the pressure to come down hard on these 3 women for their free speech action. So, JTMP believes we shouldn't be protesting in front of the Russian Embassy, but at the Russian Orthodox Church, where the blame lies for this injustice that is happening. We call for boycott and protest of the Russian Orthodox Church until these women are freed and this travesty of justice is reversed. Starting with the Russian Orthodox Cathedral of St. John the Baptist, Washington, DC. It is located at 4001 17th Street NW.

More info and video on all of this coming soon, so check back daily!

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