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UniqueSquared
July 29, 2013

100+ Musicians Sign Amnesty Int’l Letter Urging Pussy Riot Release

Do you remember the Pussy Riot controversy?  For those who forgot or who haven’t heard, a group of Russian female performers were arrested and sentenced to time in prison for performing at a local church.  They apparently violated a religious law through their expression of music.  In an attempt to make this case as clear cut as possible, the prosecutors went for the harshest possible sentence, and won.  Today, one of the members has been freed – but a few of them are still sitting prison, waiting to serve out the rest of their sentences.  The music world at large has not forgotten about this incident, and it is especially hard hitting to female performers, who know that their role as both a woman and a musician can be a hard one to fill.

Artists around the world have tried everything from hiring legal teams to submitting documents that petition what is going on.  While such a petition might have an effect here in America, the same rules do not apply over in Russia, where government laws seem to invade even the most miniscule aspects of regular life (including entertainment).  Let’s hope that there is still room for decent moves to be made.

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