Pussy Riot Thank Supporters, Vow To Continue Their Fight In New Video

Russian punk collective Pussy Riot have recorded a video for NME in which they thank their supporters and burn an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

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Russian punk collective Pussy Riot have recorded a video for NME in which they thank their supporters and burn an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

A transcript of the video message is featured below: "We've been fighting for the right to sing, to think, to criticise. To be musicians and artists ready to do everything to change our country. No matter the risks, we go on with our musical fight in Russia".

"Thank you Madonna, thank you Red Hot Chili Peppers, thank you Bjork, thank you Green Day... Thank you to all musicians, activists and everyone around the world who have stood up together to fight for our right to be free".

Showing the burning effigy of President Putin, the band then state: "Our country is dominated by evil men. These men think it's illegal to call yourself a feminist, to sing punk music. These men think it's illegal to stand up for the rights of the gay and lesbian community. These men think that you can't critisice your government. These men think that if you sing and dance in an inappropriate way, you get two years in prison".

"Start the pussy riot and never stop.The fight for freedom is an endless battle that is bigger than life".

The three jailed members of Pussy Riot have appealed against their two-year prison sentence which they received for staging a flash mob style protest at Moscow's Church Of Christ The Saviour. The band wore balaclavas during the performance, which meant that two of the group avoided being identified. Those members have since managed to escape Russia after Russian Police confirmed that they were still searching for the two members. According to the Guardian news_backuppaper, the group are "recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new protest actions".

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    Does anybody listen to them? Or do you all just love them for how political they are?
    Seriously, the world were missing a band that stands up to their ideas like these girls. Again, best of luck!
    I agree with everything they say and stand for but burning a picture of Putin is not going to help them in their own country. Also seems a bit stupid to do when 3 of your mates are currently appealing a prison sentence which is direcetly related to this kind of activity. I dunno its great to stand up for what you believe in and I think on the whole they are doing the right thing, but this just comes across a bit rebellious for no reason. They should concentrate on helping their band mates instead of fanning the flames further, but what do I know!
    Yeah, because the answer for people fighting injustice is to just give in... Things like the civil rights movement succeeded because people didn't just roll over when the authorities came down on them, but instead continued their protests in the face of danger. The members who are in prison are political activists, I'm sure they were expecting something like this to happen eventually and don't expect everything to stop just because of their situation.
    I dont want what I said to be taken out of context, I said I agree with them, its just this particular action is treading a fine line. Your probably right though the ones in prison will most likely be expecting something like this, its just to me it comes across as rocking the boat at a time when the 3 in prison stand at least a small chance of getting out
    I would gladly join these girls any day. I love that they don't just "accept the way things are". Some people say that their music sucks and they got what was coming, but this is what music is all about, self-expression. Best of luck to the girls, all of them.