January 22, 2014 12:49

Pussy Riot members to appear at Amnesty International concert next month

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear at the Bringing Human Rights Home concert in Brooklyn

Pussy Riot members to appear at Amnesty International concert next month

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Pussy Riot will appear alongside The Flaming Lips at Amnesty International's Human Rights Concerts in New York next month.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear at the Bringing Human Rights Home concert at Brooklyn's Barclays Centre on February 5 on a bill which also includes Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, Cold War Kids, and more. Pitchfork reports that Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina will address attendees at the concert to "raise awareness about prisoners of conscience".

The two artists shared a statement in a press release: "We are happy to support Amnesty International’s work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners. We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty’s work is in connecting activists to prisoners. A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it’s like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5 in Brooklyn!"

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhinawere released from prison in Russia in late 2013 and recently claimed that they still want to topple Russian President Vladmir Putin. The feminist punk collective's members were given two-year sentences in August 2012 after their now infamous "punk prayer" protest at Moscow's Cathedral Of Christ The Savior.

Recently, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova revealed that they would be starting a non-governmental human rights group called Zona Prava (Justice Zone) instead of engaging in activism under the name Pussy Riot. The pair also said that they are hoping to work with Russian oil tycoon and critic of the Kremlin Mikhail Khodorkovsky on Zona Prava, and will be focusing on human rights issues over political activity.

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