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Peaches: Free Pussy Riot [Music Video]

Russian feminist punk-rock collective Pussy Riot are at risk of being imprisoned for at least three years following a performance at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, back in February this year. The less than one minute performance saw the band members shouting a ‘punk prayer’ against President Vladimir Putin, using the words “put Putin out” as well as Virgin Mary, Mother of God, become a feminist, whilst fist-punching the air. As you can imagine, this didn’t go down well with the Russian government. You can read more on this over at Pitchfork.

Peaches has been speaking out in their defence, by not only launching an online petition to free Pussy Riot (which currently sports over 98,000 signatures) but by also producing a new song and video featuring an army of international artists.

The Knife, Miike Snow, Lyyke Li, Peter Bjorn & John, The Hives, Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), JD Samson (Le Tigre/MEN), Kate Nash, Light Asylum and Scissor SistersJake Shears all take part.

While we can recognise Jake Shears’ bare arse anywhere, most of the artists in the video are donning the trademark Pussy Riot balaclavas.

‘Free Pussy Riot’:

Peaches had this to say:

“As a musician who has spoken out against political figures, I am deeply troubled that the Russian government is punishing its citizens for voicing their opinions through music. Music is an essential tool for voicing opinions about everything from gender to oppression. To outlaw the free expression of these ideas is to embrace tyranny. Letting artists speak is the hallmark of a free society. I’ve criticized world leaders in my music before, and I am dismayed that the artists expressing their opinions in Russia today are being harassed by their government. I am appalled that the Russian government is so blatantly abusing its power and punishing citizens for speaking their minds.”

The Russian courts will be delivering their verdict this Friday, August 17. If you like, click here to join in on Pussy Riot Global Day taking part tomorrow, or simply show your support by signing the online petition.

Pussy-Riot.LiveJournal.com | PeachesRocks.com

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