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Pussy Riot duo to appear at US Amnesty International concert

Published on Jan 22, 2014 6:04 AM
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Members of punk rock band Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, leave the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore in on Jan 18, 2014. The Russian punk band who were jailed for nearly two years on charges of religious hatred and became international emblems for human rights campaigners will appear at a concert in New York, organiser Amnesty International said on Tuesday. -- REUTERS

(REUTERS) - Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were jailed for nearly two years on charges of religious hatred and became international emblems for human rights campaigners will appear at a concert in New York, organiser Amnesty International said on Tuesday.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will make their first trip to the United States (US) since they were granted amnesty in December by Russian President Vladimir Putin, two months before they were set to be released.

Alyokhina, 25, and Tolokonnikova, 24, were convicted in 2012 of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they stormed the altar of Moscow's biggest cathedral and beseeched the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin.

"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps,"Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova said in a joint statement. "We will never forget what it's like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!"

 
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