Amnesty International Bosses Call For Punks' Release From Russian Jail
Human rights activists at Amnesty International have called for the release of three members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot after they were arrested and imprisoned for attacking President Vladimir Putin during a church gig in February (12).
Anti-Putin feminist rockers Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich face up to seven years in jail on hooliganism charges and have been told they face another month behind behind bars before their case is reviewed and the incident which led to their detention is investigated.
The trio was arrested following a performance at Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral, where Pussy Riot played a protest song, titled Holy S**t.
The lyrics of the angry tune take aim at Russia's religious support for Putin.
Earlier this week (beg18Jun12), police arrested fans of the band, who staged a protest outside the jail holding the three punk stars.
Amnesty International officials claim the three punks are "prisoners of conscience".