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Free Virtual Reading in Support of Pussy Riot Tonight

August 16, 2012  |  11:30am
Free Virtual Reading in Support of Pussy Riot Tonight

With the verdict of the now-famed Pussy Riot trial being released tomorrow, there will be a free virtual public reading in support of the Russian punk band.

Three members of Pussy Riot—Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Tekaterina Samutsevich—have been jailed for over four months since pulling an anti-President Putin stunt in Moscow’s main cathedral, performing a “punk prayer” that called for his removal. They’ve been behind bars since March, and the girls were charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, and currently face a three-year charge.

Support has been popping up for the band everywhere, labeled as “the most important band of 2012,” with Madonna, Peaches and Lykke Li and many other musical figures speaking out against their imprisonment. Paul McCartney wrote the band in jail, saying, “I hope you can stay strong and believe that I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom.”

Tonight, the night before the trial’s verdict, Pussy Riot’s courtroom statements will be read through a virtual public reading from the Liberty Hall at Ace Hotel. The event will begin at 7:30 p.m. EST, with readings by supporters of the Free Pussy Riot movement, such as Chloe Sevigny, Eileen Myles and Karen Finely. You can find more info here, and access the live stream here.

The verdict will be released tomorrow at 3 p.m. Moscow time, 8 a.m. EST.

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