Over 100 Musicians Sign Amnesty International Letter in Support of Pussy Riot’s Release

Paul McCartney, Adele, U2, and many others signed an Amnesty International Letter showing support for two members of Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk rock protest group, currently imprisoned for hooliganism.

OPEN LETTER

Dear Masha and Nadia,

As the one-year anniversary of your trial approaches, we are writing to assure you that, around the world, people are both still thinking of you and working for your release. Although you were the most visible of the protesters, we know that there were many other young people who have suffered in the protests, about whom we are also very concerned. But, in many ways, through your imprisonment, you have come to represent them.
Many artists voiced their concern when these charges were first brought against you, we had every hope that the authorities, in dealing with you, would show some understanding, a sense of proportion, even some of the wonderful Russian sense of humour, but none of the above were forthcoming.

The impact of your shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide. Especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world, including the many parents who feel your anguish at being separated from your children. While understanding the sensitivities of protesting in a place of worship, we ask that the Russian authorities review these harsh sentences, so that you may return to your children, your families and your lives.

The right to freedom of expression and dissent is a legitimate one and essential in any kind of democracy. You have been accused of what could be described as ‘a victimless’ crime, but in our opinion, in a just society, there can be no crime where there is no identifiable ‘victim’.

Your strength, bravery and fearlessness are an inspiration to us all.

Yours in solidarity,

Bryan Adams, Adele, Alt-J, Laurie Anderson, Animal Collective, Anti-Flag, Arcade Fire, Arch Enemy, Archive, Joan Armatrading, Joan Baez, Beardyman, Jeff Beck, Yasiin Bey, björk, Rubén Blades, Billy Bragg, Jackson Browne, Peter Buck, Tracy Chapman, Chase & Status, Neneh Cherry, The Clash, Coldplay, Lily Rose Cooper, Dido, Django Django, Melissa Etheridge, Siobhan Fahey, Paloma Faith, First Aid Kit, Franz Ferdinand, Foster the People, fun., Peter Gabriel, Sir Bob Geldof, Kim Gordon, Debbie Harry, PJ Harvey, Don Henley, The Hidden Cameras, Niall Horan, Billy Joel, Sir Elton John, Ke$ha, Angelique Kidjo, The Knife, Mark Knopfler, Tom Lehrer, Sean Lennon, Annie Lennox, Lykke Li, Sir Paul McCartney, Romy Madley-Croft, Madonna, Zayn Malik, Stephen Malkmus, Marina & the Diamonds, Johnny Marr, Massive Attack, Mike Mills, Moby, Thurston Moore, Tom Morello, Alanis Morissette, James Morrison, Graham Nash, Kate Nash, Youssou N’Dour, Karen O, Yoko Ono, Clock Opera, Ozzy Osbourne, Liam Payne, Peaches, Joe Perry, Phoenix, Portishead, Portugal. The Man, Rain Phoenix, Cat Power, Radiohead, Bonnie Raitt, Rise Against, Patti Scialfa, Scissor Sisters, Paul Simon, Sleigh Bells, Patti Smith, Esperanza Spalding, Bruce Springsteen, Dave Stewart, Sting, Michael Stipe, Harry Styles, Neil Tennant, Louis Tomlinson, Pete Townshend, K T Tunstall, U2, Eddie Vedder.

7 Responses

  1. Visitor

    Here’s a funny thing:

    Pirates whine about censorship all day long because they’re not allowed to steal other people’s music anymore.

    But I’ve never met one who did anything to help Pussy Riot…

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    • GGG

      Thank god for this strongly worded letter then. That’ll show those Ruskies!

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      • Visitor

        “That’ll show those Ruskies!”

        No it won’t.

        But imagine the impact if the pro-pirates behind the SOPA protests had shut down the web to fight censorship and support Pussy Riot’s right to free speech.

        No such luck, though.

        They were busy fighting for their right to steal.

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        • GGG

          Ah yes, the always easy going Russian gov’t. Always caring what the people have to say about the issues.

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  2. FarePlay

    Don’t get me wrong; I think it’s great that musicians are standing up for Pussy Riot.

    My question is. Why are musicians so reluctant to do the same for themselves and their careers?

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    • Adam Smith

      Oochie! Clarion call from Fareplay right there. That one’s gotta leave a mark.

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  3. Mayoor

    Hope this act could create an impact on their proceeding… or atleast to the people who are suffering.
    We just have to hope for the best.

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