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Pro-Pussy Riot Festival Goes Ahead

Despite official pressure to cancel it, a music festival took place in St. Petersburg in support of the jailed band Pussy Riot.

Despite official pressure to cancel it, a music festival took place in St. Petersburg in support of the jailed band Pussy Riot.

According to Olga Kurnosova, city officials attempted to force her to stop the show and fire-fighters had threatened to close down the venue claiming safety violations.

The festival was attended by around 1,000 people and featured performances by Russian rock protest bands DDT and Televizor

Last month three members of the band Pussy Riot were jailed for two years after performing a “punk prayer” against Putin in Russia’s largest cathedral.

Yori Shevchuk of DDT said that in 1992 they took part “in a festival against political repression. Twenty years have passed, but it seems almost nothing has changed.”

The festival was surrounded by dozens of riot police who detained for people afterwards for alleged jaywalking.

All proceeds from the show have been donated to Pussy Riot and other activists who have been jailed under Putin.

While over 100 Russian intellectuals, writers and film stars have signed a letter to the Kremlin in support of Pussy Riot, a number of other leading figures have said that the band’s performance was disrespectful to Russia’s Orthodox Church.

OCA News Editor

Jenny McKinnley is OCA’s financial correspondent. After spending years on the trading floor in both NY and London, she offers insight from the inside out on world financial news and events.

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