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Pussy Riot performs at New York concert, defying Russia's Putin on eve of Sochi Games

Published on Feb 6, 2014 2:05 PM
 

NEW YORK (AFP) - Feted by Madonna and cheered by thousands, Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot defied President Vladimir Putin on the eve of the Sochi Olympics at a star-studded New York concert.

The performance highlighted soaring tensions between Russia and the United States, which drastically deteriorated when Moscow granted asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden last year.

US pop icon Madonna hailed the courage and fearlessness of punk heroines Maria Alyokhina, 25, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, who were released from Russian penal colonies last December.

Madonna said she was threatened with death after supporting them at a concert in Moscow during their trial in August 2012 and accused of by the Russian authorities of propagating homosexual behavior.

 
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