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Pussy Riot members say Russia is blocking drive to help prisoners

Published on Feb 11, 2014 6:06 AM
 
Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina (Left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova speak on stage during Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home concert in the Brooklyn borough of New York on Feb 5, 2014. Two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot accused Moscow on Monday of obstructing their campaign to improve conditions in Russia's jails, and called for international monitoring. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (REUTERS) - Two members of the punk protest band Pussy Riot accused Moscow on Monday of obstructing their campaign to improve conditions in Russia's jails, and called for international monitoring.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were themselves freed from jail in December under an amnesty, also said they might consider stepping up their political activism by running for election to the Moscow city government.

The women served more than 21 months of a two-year term for performing a profanity-laced "punk prayer" protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral.

They have said they now want to devote themselves to helping Russia's prison population, including those jailed for protesting against Putin and his government, but complained during a visit to Berlin of obstacles being put in their way.

 
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