ANTI-FLAG PERFORMANCES IN GERMANY RAISE FUNDS TO BENEFIT JAILED, RUSSIAN ACTIVIST BAND PUSSY RIOT

August 7, 2012

Photo (c) Chris Noltekuhlmann, www.cnphotography.de

Anti-Flag have raised funds directly from two recent shows in Hamburg and Berlin to benefit Pussy Riot.

On July 31st Anti-Flag held a benefit show in Berlin, Germany, at Cassiopeia with bands Radio Havanna and Smile and Burn. The show sold out within days of being announced. In addition to donating proceeds, the band along with participants from the crowd penned letters and words of encouragement that will be sent to Pussy Riot. In a symbolic show of unity and solidarity, Anti-Flag and the crowd at Cassiopeia donned balaclava masks, a trademark of Pussy Riot.

The venue, Cassiopeia, also generously pledged to donate a portion of the nights income to Pussy Riot.

Days before, on July 29th Anti-Flag played Knust in Hamburg, Germany, and donated two euros from every ticket sold, as well as collected additional donations at the door.

While raising funds is central, the band’s aims are also to advance awareness of Pussy Riot’s struggle and to defend free speech.

On June 20th, 2012, Anti-Flag released their cover of Pussy Riot’s ‘Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin’ in order to raise awareness.

The Song is available via http://soundcloud.com/antiflag/punkprayer

Three members of Pussy Riot -Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich – were detained by the Russian authorities for performing their protest song ‘Virgin Mary, redeem us of Putin’ in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on 21 February 2012. The three have been charged with “hooliganism” under Article 213 of the Russian Criminal Code. They are currently on trial and if found guilty, they could be jailed for up to seven years.

Anti-Flag condemns the Russian authorities abuse of power and calls for the immediate release of Pussy Riot.

For more information please visit www.freepussyriot.org