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Punk band Peaches stage video in support of Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot faces charges in Russia for a demo against President Putin.

The girl punk band Pussy Riot could receive up to seven years in prison for charges of hooliganism after performing what they call a "punk prayer" against president Vladimir Putin last February, being cited for encouraging religious hatred for the performance. Now, Canadian electro-punk performance artist Peaches (who currently resides in Germany), as well as 400 other people, have joined forces to create a "Free Pussy Riot" video.

It's just one of many recent public outcries that have been heard since the story of Pussy Riot hit people's radars. Other artists such as Madonna and Simonne Jones have also publicly spoken out against the move by Russian government officials.

“I noticed a lot of creative people doing actions, their own little quiet riots which were really cool – everybody who wants to express their freedom was touched by this,” she said of reactions to the Pussy Riot trial (as reported by the Agence France-Presse). “I thought if I lived in Russia, this would be me. Once this song comes out I won’t be allowed back in Russia for what I say about Putin.”

Pussy Riot is made up of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina, all of whom have already spent a number of months in jail.

“I wanted to be a bridge,” Peaches said of the new song and video to CTVNews.ca. “I know that if I lived in Russia, that could have been me. This is much larger than just the three of them.”

A verdict is expected in Russia on August 17th.

Photo: WENN.com

Resources:

http://www.ctvnews.ca/entertainment/400-people-join-canadian-artist-peaches-for-free-pussy-riot-video-1.910144

http://www.theglobeandmail.com/arts/music/canadian-artist-peaches-to-release-free-pussy-riot-video/article4472247/

http://www.windsorstar.com/entertainment/British+rockers+seek+release+Russian+punk+band+Putin+visits/7064903/story.html