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Pussy Riot may wind up in a Gulag: Amnesty International Stages Solidarity Concert

By April MacIntyre Aug 6, 2012, 23:59 GMT

Pussy Riot may wind up in a Gulag: Amnesty International Stages Solidarity Concert

Three members of the female band Pussy Riot are currently on trial, facing up to seven years in prison for performing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral last February.

Amnesty International USA (AIUSA) will stage a solidarity concert this Friday, August 10, from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m. outside the Russian embassy (corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Edmunds St., NW) in support of the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot.

Vladimir Putin is outraged and ready to send these three musicians to a Gulag.

Three members of the female band Pussy Riot are currently on trial, facing up to seven years in prison for performing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral last February.

AIUSA supporters and local D.C. music groups and artists, including indie and punk rock bands Brenda, Möbius Strip and Sad Bones, will call for the release of the prisoners of conscience. From 5:30 - 8:00 p.m., AIUSA will host a concert directly outside the embassy, as high-energy activists dressed in full Pussy Riot regalia lead chants and musical performances.

Andrea Collins, an Amnesty International coalition partner, and representatives of other D.C.-based arts and advocacy groups will join members of AIUSA in drawing attention to Russia's draconian crackdown on freedom of speech and expression.

This event is open to the public. Journalists and/or photographers interested in attending or speaking with Amnesty International representatives should contact the AIUSA media office at 202-675-8761.

Solidarity Concert in Support of Russian Group 'Pussy Riot' will be held at the Russian Embassy, Corner of Wisconsin Ave. and Edmunds St., NW
Friday, August 10, 2012 from 5:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.

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