December 27, 2012 12:12

Pussy Riot's freed member vows to continue with band's actions

But she admits she doesn't know "what concrete form" these actions will take

Pussy Riot's freed member vows to continue with band's actions

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The freed member of Pussy Riot has vowed to continue participating in the band's actions - though she does not know "in what concrete form".

Back in August (2012), three members of the Russian punk collective were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" following an impromptu gig at Moscow's main cathedral. The gig, staged in protest against President Vladimir Putin's re-election, landed each of them a two-year jail sentence.

In October (2012), one of the jailed members, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released from prison after her lawyers argued that she had been thrown out of the cathedral before removing her guitar from its case. However, her bandmates Maria (Masha) Alyokhina and Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova remain locked away. They are currently mounting an appeal to the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg.

In a new interview with The Guardian, freed member Samutsevich admitted that her day-to-day life is still dominated by the case's aftermath. She said: "Right now I'm just dealing entirely with the all the Pussy Riot court case, because it's not over. I don't think it will all over be over soon. It will only be over when Nadya and Masha get out."

However, she insisted that she remains keen to participate in future protest action, saying: "I want to do art and continue what I was doing – but I can't say yet in what concrete form." She also revealed that she is still in contact with other Pussy Riot members who managed to avoid arrest following the Moscow gig. She added: "The other girls have the desire [to continue]. We all have that desire."

Meanwhile, a documentary film about the band is set to premiere at next month's Sundance Film Festival. Titled Pussy Riot - A Punk Prayer, the film promises to reveal the band members' distinct personalities and motivations for joining the protest.

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