Pussy Riot hit Brooklyn next month for Amnesty concert

Pussy Riot are in Brooklyn next month.
Pussy Riot are in Brooklyn next month.

There couldn’t be a more appropriate U.S. venue for Pussy Riot to appear at after 21 months in prison than Amnesty International’s Bringing Human Rights Home Concert.

The show will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on Feb. 5, the organization announced Wednesday.

In a statement, Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova and Maria “Masha” Alekhina, members of the Russian punk band said, “We are happy to support Amnesty International’s work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners.”

The band reportedly received thousands of online actions on their behalf from Amnesty activists after being jailed for criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin during a performance.

“We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty’s work is in connecting activists to prisoners,” the band’s statement continued. “A month ago, we were freed from Russian prison camps. We will never forget what it’s like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn!”

Tolokonnikova and Alekhina will reportedly address attendees at the concert to raise awareness about prisoners of conscience. There is no official word on whether or not this also includes a full-fledged Pussy Riot performance.

The lineup for the concert also includes The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Tegan and Sara, The Fray, Cold War Kids, Colbie Caillat, Cake and more yet to be announced.


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