Peter Gabriel writes letter of support to jailed Pussy Riot members
30.07.12 18:01 By News dept
Another famous musician has expressed public support for the three members of the punk band Pussy Riot who are accused of "hooliganism" after holding a prayer concert in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February 2012. Former member of the British band Genesis, Peter Gabriel, has written a letter to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich whose trial started on Monday. They are facing up to 7 years in prison.
"Nadya, Katya, Masha. You have the right to make your own prayers – from the heart. I hope you will be released very, very soon. We are all watching," Gabriel wrote.
Earlier Pussy Riot members were supported by other popular bands and musicians.
The leader of the band Franz Ferdinand urged support for Pussy Riot. In July the American band Red Hot Chili Peppers performed in Moscow and Saint Petersburg. During the concerts the band's leader, Anthony Kiedis, was wearing a T-shirt with the words "Pussy Riot" on it. On July 25 the singer Sting mentioned the detained women during a press conference in Moscow and asked for their release.
The famous jazz performer Iiro Rantala cancelled his Moscow concert in protest of the Pussy Riot case.
On June 27 some Russian culture socialites signed a joint petition with a request to release Pussy Riot members.
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