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Controversial Russian music group Pussy Riot in Singapore

Published on Jan 17, 2014 3:22 PM
 

On their first trip out of Russia after being released from jail, two members of Russian music/art collective Pussy Riot said they thank the Russian government for bringing them wide attention.

The two, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24 and Maria Alyokhina, 25, spoke briefly to the media at a press preview at Suntec City for art awards show Prudential Eye Awards. The awards ceremony is set to take place on Jan 18.

The group is nominated in the digital/video category for their controversial video, Punk Prayer, which led to the pair as well as another member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 31, being jailed on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity" in August 2012.

Asked about getting nominated in the award, Tolokonnikova replied: "It's not only our award because it's mostly media work, and this media work is done not only by us but in co-operation with the Russian state and the Russian political system, which has promoted this case so heavily and has made it into what it is right now."

 
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