An international solidarity campaign opens today, June 16, to support Pussy Riot, a feminist Russian punk band held in prison in Russia since February. "The women are incarcerated, not for having committed any real crime but for being critical of Putin," said Monika Vana, member of the European Green Party (EGP) committee. "We support the international solidarity campaign to free the Pussy Riots and request freedom of expression and upholding humans rights in Russia."
Austrian Greens organized a protest in front of the Russian Embassy in support of Pussy Riot band members who are being held in prison in Russia after performing a song in a church. They have been in jail since February 21, 2012.
We European Greens will continue to support those activists in Russia who hold demonstrations on the 31st of each month with 31 days in defence of Article 31 of the Russian Constitution, which guarantees the right to protest peacefully.
Above their music, Pussy Riots are known for humans rights and environmental activism, fighting for the rights of homosexuals, and challenging the Russian system of patriarchy. Two of the unlawfully imprisoned women are mothers, separated from their children.
"The women are incarcerated, not for having committed any real crime but for being critical of Putin," said Monika Vana, member of the European Green Party (EGP) committee. "We support the international solidarity campaign to free Pussy Riots and request freedom of expression and upholding humans rights in Russia."
The three women - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - have been imprisoned for their suspected participation in a Pussy Riot "Punk Prayer" in the Temple of Christ the Savior on February 21, 2012. They are charged with the Part 2 of Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code (hooliganism"), subsequently facing up to seven years in prison.
"The case illustrates the gross level of violations against human rights in Russia and requires immediate attention. The detained activists now need the support of the world's community," said Monika Frassoni, EGP co-chair.
For more information on how to take part to the support action you can see the campaign's website. On Tuesday, June 19, the Austrian Greens ae organising a demonstration in front of the Russian Embassy to express their solidarity with the women in prison. Also the European Women's Lobby (EWL) has expressed their support to the protest to Pussy Riot.