Pussy Riot - Russian Punk Star Calls For Boycott Of 2014 Winter Olympics

Controversial Pussy Riot star Yekaterina Samutsevich has joined calls for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in her home nation of Russia.

The punk rocker insists the upcoming event in Sochi is losing its focus on sport and has become highly politicised because of some of president Vladimir Putin's controversial policies, which include anti-gay legislation.

She tells Reuters, "An event which should be purely about sport is becoming highly politicised and rife with conflict. Our authorities are to blame for that... It (a boycott) has to happen because the latest policies go too far... They are obviously tightening the screws."

Samutsevich, along with her bandmates Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was jailed in 2012 over a controversial protest track aimed at Putin which they performed at a church in Moscow.

Samutsevich was freed in October last year (12) when her sentence was commuted, and Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are set to be released in March (14).

A number of stars, including Stephen Fry, Lily Allen and Alan Cumming, have backed calls for the upcoming Winter Olympics in Russia to be boycotted or moved, while Madonna, Cher and Lady Gaga have all spoken out against the country's controversial anti-gay policies.


Contactmusic

Tags: Pussy Riot


Advertisement

Editors Recommendations

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer]

While Mad Max has never been a docile franchise, we were still...

New 'Mad Max: Fury Road' Teaser Trailer Hits The Web. It's Insane. [Trailer]

Drunken Keith Urban fans hospitalised at concert

Chaos ensued at country star Keith Urban’s concert in Mansfield, Massachussetts as many fans...

Drunken Keith Urban fans hospitalised at concert

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It

A new black and white video for Jake Bugg's song 'There's A Beast And We All Feed It' has now...

Jake Bugg - There's A Beast And We All Feed It Video

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Get Affectionate At Comic-Con 2014

Apparently Comic-Con is one giant love fest this year, with Ian Somerhalder...

Ian Somerhalder And Nikki Reed Get Affectionate At Comic-Con 2014

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

Homer and Peter Griffin, Bart and Stewie, Marge and Lois, Lisa and Meg...

Poll: What Do We Think of The Simpsons/Family Guy Teaser Trailer?

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios)

The Kooks are set to return with their fourth studio album 'Listen' on September 1st 2014 via Virgin...

The Kooks - Forgive & Forget (Live At Hana Studios) Video
Advertisement

Marvel's "Avengers: Age Of Ultron" Trailer Debuted At SDCC And Looked Awesome, Probably.

Marvel kicked off promotion for Avengers: Age of Ultron early at SDCC...

Marvel's

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 'Our Leader The Mockingjay'

Katniss Everdeen has survived the latest political disaster of Panem...

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 Trailer

Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble

Lily Allen’s Instagram prank with the help of an Australian police officer could...

Lily Allen's Instagram Prank Might Get Aussie Policeman In Trouble


More recommendations

Advertisement

Comments

Pussy Riot Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Pussy Riot

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All