“Pussy Riot” wins award from Yoko Ono, praise from Aung San Suu Kyi

As we’ve blogged about in the past, three members of the Russian punk feminist band Pussy Riot have spent the last six months in prison singing a protest prayer against Russian leader Vladimir Putin inside an Orthodox cathedral.

On Friday, Yoko Ono, who has been vocal in her support of the three women, who were sentenced to two years in August, awarded Pussy Riot the LennonOno Grant for Peace, saying

I thank Pussy Riot for standing firmly in their belief of freedom of expression and making all women of the world proud to be women. And I am, too. Each injustice like this is very important. And there are many, many activists in this world now, and they are fighting for each one of them. And I’m fighting for many, many injustice—situation of injustice.

She presented the award to Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova, and their four-year-old daughter Gera, who has draws prison escape plans for her mother when she visits her in jail.

On Thursday, Aung San Suu Kyi, the Burmese pro-democracy leader voiced her support for Pussy Riot:

I don’t see why people shouldn’t sing whatever it is that they want to sing, and there’s nothing wrong with singing. I think the only reason why people should not sing is if what they are saying is deliberately insulting or if they sing terribly. I think that would be the best reason for not singing at all. So I would like the whole group to be released as soon as possible.

DemocracyNow!’s Amy Goodman has a great interview with Verzilov and Alisa Obraztsova, a lawyer’s assistant with Pussy Riot’s legal team. You can read it and/ or watch it here.

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One Comment

  1. Posted September 25, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the update! Small typo — “who has draws prison escape plans…”

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