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Pussy Riot fine with not winning art award here since their objective is achieved

Published on Jan 19, 2014 12:58 PM
 
Members of Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina (left) arrive for the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore on Jan 18, 2014. The band say they did not have trouble coming to Singapore to attend the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards on Saturday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS 

Members from dissident Russian music/art collective Pussy Riot say they did not have trouble coming to Singapore to attend the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards, which were held on Saturday night at Suntec City Mall.

The Awards celebrated emerging contemporary artists across greater Asia and the Pacific.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina say in an exclusive interview with The Straits Times Life!, that they faced no visa application problems. This is their first trip out of Russia since their release from jail last month, following a Kremlin-backed amnesty bill.

The pair and fellow activist Yekaterina Samutsevich had been convicted on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after staging a "punk prayer" in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour last February.

 
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