Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina to visit UK Parliament

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The artists will speak at a pro-democracy and human rights event

Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina to are to visit the Houses Of Parliament during a trip to London in November.

The two members of the Russian punk protest group will be coming to the city for the first time since their release from prison in December last year.

They will be speaking at a Henry Jackson Society event to mark the fifth anniversary of the death of murdered lawyer-turned-whistleblower Sergey Magnitsky. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina recently called on the US congress to add 16 officials to the Magnitsky list of human rights violators who face US sanctions.

During their time in the UK, they will also address the Cambridge Union Society as well as participate in Amnesty International’s Write For Rights Campaign at Amnesty UK’s Human Rights Action Centre. It will be part of the Write For Rights 2014 campaign supporting individuals suffering from human rights abuses.

In August 2012, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were sentenced to two years’ imprisonment following an anti-Putin performance in Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The protest attracted support from the likes of Sir Paul McCartney and Aung San Suu Kyi.

Tolokonnikova and Alekhina have been keeping busy since their early release from prison. In September, they launched MediaZona, an independent news outlet which focuses on Russia’s justice system, as well as the NGO Zona Prava, which focuses on the need for prison reform in Russia.

It was also reported this summer that Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are set to appear on the third season of US TV show House Of Cards, after they were spotted on the set of the Netflix show in Baltimore.
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