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Pussy Riot to organize human rights efforts

By April Neale Dec 27, 2013, 21:40 GMT

Pussy Riot to organize human rights efforts

The recently freed members of Pussy Riot - a girl group sent packing to a Russian Gulag by Vladimir Putin - plan to form a human rights organization focusing on prisoners.

The recently freed members of Pussy Riot - a girl group sent packing to a Russian Gulag by Vladimir Putin - plan to form a human rights organization focusing on prisoners. Their crime? "Hooliganism."

Billboard reported that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina told reporters in Moscow that they will call the group "Zona Prava" – which translates to "justice zone" – and that they hope to collaborate with former tycoon Mikhail Khodorkovsky, who was also freed last week after serving a 10-year jail term.

Tolokonnikova also noted, "We won't ask anyone for financial assistance," noting that they hoped to work with Khodorkovsky "on an ideological level."

The group would be financed by crowd-funding.

The women served a hard two years for their "punk prayer" opposing Russian President Vladimir Putin, "We are not Pussy Riot now," Tolokonnikova said, though Alyokhina added that the band's third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, who was released on probation in October 2012, is welcome to join them. "If she wants to help us with what we are doing now, we will only be glad," Alyokhina said.

The women want Western counties to boycott the Olympics. "Human rights activities in Russia are inevitably linked to politics," Alyokhina noted.



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