Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

Free Pussy Riot Reading In NYC Tonight, As Verdict Approaches On August 17

The trial of Russia's Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, charged with "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after lip-synching to a punk song in a Moscow's main Russian Orthodox church for just 40 seconds, has sparked global concern over artistic free speech and the trio's fate.

The band's anti-President Vladimir Putin stance has been seen  as an underlying factor in the persecution of the three musicians. The trio (part of a 10-person Pussy Riot collective) has garnered support from a wide range of fellow musicians, including Peter Gabriel, Björk, Madonna, Franz Ferdinand and more.

A free New York event in support of the three incarcerated women — a verbatim reading of their statements during the trial —  will take place tonight at 7:30 p.m. EDT at the Ace Hotel in Manhattan, 20 West 29th Street, on the eve of the verdict which will be announced tomorrow, August 17. Participants include actress Chloe Sevigny, Le Tigre's Johanna Fateman, poet Eileen Myles and performance artist Karen Finley. 

The reading will also be livestreamed here.

For more information on Free Pussy Riot Global Day on August 17, head to FreePussyRiot.org. The verdict will be announced in Moscow at 3 p.m. MSK, 8 a.m. EDT.

 

 

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