The Straits Times
Published on Sep 14, 2012

Pussy Riot members announce new protest


MOSCOW (AFP) - Russia's Pussy Riot punk group plans a new protest in Russia despite the jailing of three of its members for a performance against Mr Vladimir Putin in an Orthodox cathedral, band members said on Thursday.

"We first of all want to do a new protest finally, so that we have something to talk about," two band members, who gave their nicknames 'Balaclava' and 'Tomcat', told the Russian service of Radio Liberty. Both wore home-made balaclavas.

The members of the all-women group, which has a fluid line-up, were speaking as bandmates Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina prepare to appeal their two-year sentence.

A Moscow court jailed them last month for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.