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Russian avant-garde punk agitators Pussy Riot have been banged up. A Riot grrl inspired feminist octet they shot to fame as bizarre cheerleaders for the anti-Putin protests last winter. Clad in multi-coloured balaclavas they grabbed attention with a series of guerilla gigs, including a surprise appearance in Red Square in January where they performed their signature tune “Revolt in Russia”.
Their last excursion, an improvised 'punk prayer' in the pulpit of a cathedral demanding that the Virgin Mary chase Putin out of office and denouncing the collusion of the Russian Orthodox hierarchy with the political elite. Two of them, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Mariya Alekhina, have been charged with hooliganism and incitement to religious hatred and are threatened with seven years in jail.
On Wednesday 14th they were denied bail (meaning they will spend at least another six weeks inside) and a solidarity picket outside of the court in Moscow was attacked by fundamentalist Orthodox Christians. They have gone on hunger strike in custody and there is an international campaign to release them (there is a petition for their release).
On Thursday a third woman was arrested and integrated by Russian Police. For the latest on their case see:
For a flavour of the girls in action http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZUhkWiiv7M
Environmental activist is released after seven years imprisonment.
What is known about the death of a Ghanian man in Harmondsworth IRC on October 30th? And who are GEO Group, the private prison firm desperately trying to shift culpability?
Three US activists in jail as federal authrorities target anarchists
Four ISM international volunteers under house arrest in Israel after being arrested and beaten by the army.
Out of the squats and into the er... prisons. As, Alex Haigh, the first squatter to be sent down under S.144 recieves three months.
Brighton Feminist Collective stage flashmob in support of Pussy Riot
“We are freer than those who are prosecuting us. We can say everything we want, and they have their mouths shut, and are puppets." - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riot member
Russian punks Pussy Riot remain behind bars, while Indonesian punks continue to suffer police harassment.