Pussy Riot testimonials to be read on the London stage

The three women's verdicts will be revealed on August 17

Pussy Riot testimonials to be read on the London stage

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The testimonials of the incarcerated members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are set to be read on the London stage.

The readings will take place at The Royal Court theatre on August 17, the day the three women's verdicts are revealed. The readings have been arranged by playwright EV Crowe, as part of a global day of action in support of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, reports the Guardian.

At 11am (BST), actors in the Royal Court's cafe bar will read English versions of the band members' testimony, translated from Russian by Sasha Dugdale.

Bjork recently joined the ranks of supporters for Pussy Riot. The Icelandic singer posted a message on her website giving her backing to the group, who have been in detention since their arrest in March following an impromptu gig at Moscow's Christ The Saviour Cathedral.

Bjork also invited them to join her onstage in the future, writing on her website: "as a musician and a mother i would like to express i fiercely dont agree with them being put to jail because of their peaceful protest performance."

The case of the three detained members of the band has been seen as a watermark in Russian president Vladimir Putin's attempts to crack down on dissent in Russia. After singing a song called 'Holy Shit' as a protest against the Orthodox Christian church's support for Putin, the trio have been standing trial for hooliganism charges, with prosecutors calling for them to face three years' imprisonment.

Previously, musicians including Jarvis Cocker, Johnny Marr, Alex Kapranos, Kate Nash signed a letter in The Times calling on Putin to release the three detained members of the band. Madonna has also backed the group.

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