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Russian punk band Pussy Riot misses out on Asian award

Published on Jan 19, 2014 7:06 AM
 

SINGAPORE (AFP) - Russian punk band Pussy Riot missed out on a prize at the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore on Saturday, Jan 18, 2014, for a video featuring a protest inside a Moscow cathedral that landed members in jail.

Organisers said the band, whose video Punk Prayer was in the running, lost out to Melbourne-based multidisciplinary artist Daniel Crooks, who won the $20,000 prize.

Pussy Riot's video was on the shortlist in the digital/video category alongside works from Chinese new media artist Yang Yongliang, Australia's Baden Pailthorpe, and Crooks.

The video contains the group's controversial protest stunt inside Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral in February 2012, described by the band as a denunciation of political ties between Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Russian Orthodox Church.

 
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