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Send your urgent message to Russian authorities now to stop the criminal persecution of Pussy Riot and protect free expression!

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Beverly M. (88)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:29 pm
In February 2012, members of Pussy Riot performed mere seconds of a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral that was critical of authorities in Russia. Two women - Nadezhda "Nadya" Tolokonnikova and Maria "Masha" Alekhina – were found guilty of “hooliganism” and are serving sentences in notoriously brutal penal colonies. Disappointingly, a court recently ruled not to allow Masha, a single mother, to defer serving her sentence until her son turned 14.

The two women are prisoners of conscience and there is serious concern for their safety.


Kit B. (276)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:36 pm

Thank you for taking action!

Kit B. (276)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:38 pm

I'm glad to see Amnesty International involved, though Russia does not have a good history of listening or caring about what other countries think about their closed society.

Beverly M. (88)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:41 pm
Kit I thought about that when I signed and posted this, but these women were imprisoned simply for expressing themselves ~ if nothing becomes of this petition at least we tried!

Helen Porter (39)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:51 pm
action taken

Michela m. (4052)
Friday May 3, 2013, 6:58 pm

Fran away F. (118)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:05 pm
Signed and shared, thank you!

Jason S. (50)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:06 pm
Signed, thanks

JL A. (287)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:06 pm

Judy C. (99)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:10 pm
Had already signed. I have supported these brave women from day 1! Thanks for posting this, Beverly.

Freya H. (339)
Friday May 3, 2013, 7:15 pm
I will sign as many petitions and send as many letters as it takes!

Past Member (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 8:04 pm

Past Member (0)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:21 pm
Signed Bev, Cheers

Giana Peranio-Paz (404)
Friday May 3, 2013, 9:30 pm
N&S thanks Beverly.

Arwen Woods (207)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 5:21 am
Gladly signed, noted and shared. Thanks Beverly.x

Natasha Salgado (660)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 7:51 pm
Free these women! S+S,thx Beverly!

Gysele van Santen (213)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:27 pm

Betty Kelly (4)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:53 pm
THese women should be freed but I don't think Russia cares what anyone thinks.

Jerry B. (122)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 8:57 pm
Signed and Noted..thanks Beverly!

Past Member (0)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 9:04 pm
While I don't think they should have " performed mere seconds of a protest song in Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral that was critical of authorities in Russia" simply because we assume other countries are going to let people have freedom of speech - I also do NOT think they should be imprisoned. It would be worse than hell to be in a horrible prison where they are surely being mistreated. I signed, ABSOLUTELY!

Spirit Spider (86)
Saturday May 4, 2013, 9:15 pm
Done. Thanks Beverly!

Unnikrishnan Sasidharan (43)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 3:07 am

Gloria picchetti (305)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 4:59 am

Aaron Bouchard (158)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 7:44 am
Signed and noted thanks

Darren Woolsey (199)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 10:52 am
Pussy Riot have got every right to play and perform, but they're unfortunately doing it in a country where the stupid President Putin needs removing from office, as does his Kremlin cronies... This is sadly not an isolated case. In Czechoslovakia, for decades, musicians and artists have struggled against the State for free expression of their passion and effectively been outlawed and declared illegal. People like Mikolas Chadima and his MCH Band who have been playing music for over 30 years, and sound like they were influenced by Frank Zappa, is a stunning talent, and deserves a greater exposure within his own country... So we need to support Pussy Riot and bring greater freedom to musicians and artists who want to show their passion for their art in these closed off and insular countries, run by narrow minded, power possessors.

Vicky P. (476)
Sunday May 5, 2013, 3:45 pm
noted and signed

Stephanie Reap (192)
Monday May 6, 2013, 6:52 am

Yvonne F. (176)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:54 am
Signed!!! Thanks Beverly

Kenny V. (1500)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 2:06 pm
signed and noted

Marlene Dinkins (268)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 4:14 pm
noted signed!!!! thnx BEVERLY

Jason Flint (5)
Tuesday May 7, 2013, 7:10 pm
signed and noted
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