Help the Remaining Pussy Riot Members with Amnesty International

There are, at least, 17 members of the Russian punk/activist group Pussy Riot. Although 3 of them have been sentenced to 2 years in a labor camp for their part in an anti-Putin protest, the hunt for 2 other members who took part in that same protest has not stopped. At this stage no one knows which members those are or whether they are still inside Russia. According to the Globe and Mail, two members have fled Russia and are said to be recruiting new activists. There is no word though on whether those are the members Russian authorities are seeking:
"Pussy Riot tweeted on Sunday that the two activists had fled Russia and are “recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new protest actions.” No mention was made of where they went."

So far Vladamir Putins regime has shown no interest in the opinions of anyone outside Russia (or inside Russia for that matter). However, Amnesty International continues to try. A new petition sent out today asks the Russian tyrant to call of the witch hunt for remaining members of the group:
"Reports indicate that Russian police are also hunting for two other members of Pussy Riot in relation to the cathedral performance. The two-year prison sentence handed down to Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is far too severe, and arresting other members of the group would only add to this injustice.

The cathedral performance was a peaceful protest against President Vladimir Putin and those leaders of the Orthodox Church who have supported his repressive tactics. While it is true that many Russians were offended by Pussy Riot’s actions, the women never incited violence and they do not deserve prison terms. They were prosecuted for political reasons and they are prisoners of conscience."

Although this petition may not change Putin's mind about anything, it certainly does no harm. At the very least it shows the women of Pussy Riot and others struggling for basic freedom in Russia that the world is watching and that they are on the right side of history.

Visit Amnesty International's site to sign the petition.

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