Dear Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich,

The last few days have been very emotional for us here at MSR HQ and we have felt a great deal of sadness for what the outcome is for PUSSY RIOT. We did the best that we could from our end of the world and unfortunately the powers that are right now bigger than all of us have taken a stand for what they believe in and now you have to serve 2 years hard labour and that really sucks man. It just saddens us to know that freedom of speech comes at a heavy price in your Country Russia and unfortunately you are the ones who are paying that price.

We here at MY SYDNEY RIOT will be doing all we can with our friends from all over Australia to spread awareness about PUSSY RIOT over the coming days, months and even years if we have to, so strengthen your resolve and know that the power of the people is growing too here in our own Country. We are all feeling inspired and for some reason what has happened to you has awoken many of us from a creative black hole and we hope that we can get out there and live a little more than how we have in the past.

We’ll be organising more shows, art shows and we’ll be playing drums where we can when we can. We are all highly creative here in our town and through connecting with our friends we’ll be sending out a message to the world and it’s not one of hate or anger, but our message is that “FREEDOM OF SPEECH IS A RIGHT TO ALL!

In the mean time here’s a few activities we got up to in celebration of PUSSY RIOT. We hope you ladies will enjoy listening, watching and learning about us, your punk rock brothers and sisters from Australia.

If you don’t get to see what we have done, we just want you to know that we are with you all the way, in spirit. Be strong!

Peace and Love,

MY SYDNEY RIOT crew and all PUSSY RIOT supporters from Australia







Original Source: Interfax

Moscow’s Khamovnichesky District Court will hand down a sentence on three members of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band accused of disorderly conduct at the Christ the Savior Cathedral on August 17.

The defendants made their last pleas on Wednesday, and Judge Marina Syrova presiding over the hearings retired for handing down a ruling on the case. Prosecutors asked the court to sentence the three women to three years in prison each on Tuesday.




If you Google FREE PUSSY RIOT, it is pretty clear that one of the most organic revolutions is taking place right now on planet earth. Not a guilt ridden plea for people to open their hearts and wallets, but a creative revolution full of so much colour which can definitely be attributed to the power of music and art. In a very short amount of time some of the most respected people in music today have come out and raised their voices in support of the FREE PUSSY RIOT! Campaign.

Maybe the answer to world peace really does lie within music and art? How will this go down with Governments when they eventually realise that fear and war really is not the answer? It’s something that may actually never happen, but we all live in hope.

So while all this is going on and people are getting behind this cause, our question is “SYDNEY! WHERE THE FUCK ARE YOU?”

Ok we know you’re getting ready right? More info for your involvement is coming, but for now feel free to write the following words where ever you can “FREE PUSSY RIOT!” and post it up on the internets!

For those who are yet to be convinced, take some inspiration from the following artists below…

150 people gather in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg for a ‘Free Pussy Riot’ Protest video. The event was organized by Berlin-living Canadian electro-punk artist Peaches. The participants wore multicolored masks and demanded freedom for PUSSY RIOT!

A message from Yoko Ono to Putin!
Mr. Putin, you are a wise man.
You don’t need to fight with musicians and their friends.
And keep space in the prison for serious criminals.

supports PUSSY RIOT with a 5 minute speech during her show in Moscow.

Even Anthony Keidis of Red Hot Chili Peppers came out on a few occasions in support of PUSSY RIOT!

Mike Patton from Fait No More Reprazents at a recent show in Russia!

Anarchic punk band Damn Terran give it up for the PUSSY RIOT at one of their shows in their home town of Melbourne, Australia!
The legendary Patti Smith speaking out at on of her recent concerts!

STILL CONFUSED ABOUT ‘FREE PUSSY RIOT’? READ THIS ARTICLE, IT MIGHT JUST INSPIRE YOU! Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia’s cool women punks?

As a human being living in Sydney, you feel a little helpless about this situation which is going on in Russia. This article which was written by  for THE GUARDIAN gives a clear insight into the struggle that PUSSY RIOT are facing. And if you get through to the end,  we are pretty sure you’ll feel inspired.

Yes we are living in the Lucky Country, but this struggle is a big wake up call to us all. Questions like “What are we all really doing out here?” come to mind. Are we really just going to walk through life and just pay our bills and taxes and be done with it? Or do we want to affect some kind of positive and creative change in our society? in our life time? We surely do hope so! Yes! we’re not in Russia, but at times we are prisoners to our own minds, stuck on Facebook feeds, Instagram, Twitter, Tumblr, a constant barrage of pointless messages. So maybe in a strange way this is what we’ve all been waiting for? A Revolution! be it a creative revolution?

Pussy Riot on Putin, ‘punk prayers’ and superheroes – video: Khristina Narizhnaya Link to this video

Article written by  for THE GUARDIAN
Original Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/jul/29/pussy-riot-protest-vladimir-putin-russia?intcmp=239

The feminist collective hit the headlines when three members were arrested after an anti-Putin protest. Now they face up to seven years in jail, a prospect that has shocked and radicalised many Russians. On the eve of their trial, some of the women speak exclusively

For two very full, very long days in Moscow, I have talked constantly to people about Pussy Riot. About how, back in February, three young women from a feminist punk-rock band sang a song in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. How they were arrested, imprisoned, refused bail, and now face up to seven years in jail. How the orders for this seem to have come right from the very top of the Russian government. And how their trial – starting tomorrow – seems certain to become a defining moment in Putin’s political career.

It is, many people say (practically everybody, in fact), a moment whenRussia‘s future is, in some as yet undetermined way, being decided.

At 9pm on Thursday night, I’m at a rally of a couple of thousand anti-government protesters, hearing Pussy Riot’s name being chanted in the crowd, and I think I have a grasp of the story. It’s an astonishing tale of how three young women have brought Putin his biggest political headache yet. A story about art versus power. Of civil society versus church and state. Or as one film-maker who’s documenting it says, “punks versus Putin”. (He goes on to say, “It’s Crime and Punishment, basically, but there’s also a band in jail so it’s a bit like The Monkees. Or a really warped Beatles film.”) Continue reading “STILL CONFUSED ABOUT ‘FREE PUSSY RIOT’? READ THIS ARTICLE, IT MIGHT JUST INSPIRE YOU! Pussy Riot: will Vladimir Putin regret taking on Russia’s cool women punks?”

Maria Alyokhina of anti-Putin band Pussy Riot falls ill during trial

Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot Maria Alyokhina, left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova,right, watch their trial from behind bars in a Moscow court. Source: AP

Original Source / Herald Sun: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/world/member-of-anti-putin-band-pussy-riot-falls-ill-during-trail/story-fnd134gw-1226440753781

ONE of the members of an all-girl punk band who performed a song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a landmark Moscow church has required medical attention during their high-profile trial.

Court officials and lawyers said the third day of witness testimony was interrupted and medics called in when one of the young women collapsed after the group complained of a lack of food and sleep during the trial.

“Maria Alyokhina suffered a severe drop in blood sugar levels this morning. This is linked to the fact that she is a vegan,” defence attorney Nikolai Polozov told journalists after three ambulances arrived at the court.

“All three ambulances were called for her. They gave her the necessary injections.”

As the women were taken into court in handcuffs for the hearings to resume, Alyokhina told journalists that she felt “all right.”

The defence lawyers have repeatedly complained to the judge that the women are being woken up at 5.00am at their detention centre to attend the closely watched hearings and are not fed for periods of more than 12 hours.

“They are brought back to their temporary detention centre after midnight, are left without dinner and can only get a few hours of sleep,” Mr Polozov told the Interfax news agency.

Alyokhina told the court on Monday evening that “my head is spinning,” as the hearing went on to almost 10pm.

The three women – who face up to seven years in jail if found guilty of hooliganism – testified on Monday that they had wanted to change Russia with their action but could have made an “ethical” mistake by offending worshippers.

The controversial case has won them supporters among major Western stars including pop icon Sting and writer and comedian Stephen Fry and was condemned on Tuesday by the US State Department.

They were arrested in March and charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred of Orthodox believers in a case highlighting the powerful Church’s growing dominance under Mr Putin’s 12-year rule.

Russian Orthodox Church leaders have demanded strict punishment of the band members’ actions and have been backed in their condemnation by leading members of the country’s political elite.


PRESS RELEASE: Amnesty International Demands Russia Release Punk Singers Detained Following Church Performance

Contact: Suzanne Trimel, strimel@aiusa.org, 212-633-4150

(New York) — Amnesty International today demanded that Russia immediately release three young women arrested for allegedly singing a protest song that criticizes both the Orthodox Church and Prime Minister Vladimir Putin.

Several members of a music group called “Pussy Riot,” with their faces covered in balaclavas, sang a protest song entitled, “Virgin Mary, Redeem Us of Putin,” on Feb. 21 at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.  The song criticizes the support shown by some representatives of the Orthodox Church to Prime Minister Vladimir Putin and calls on the Virgin Mary to become a feminist and banish Putin.

The Russian authorities subsequently arrested Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on March 4, and Ekaterina Samusevich on March 15, claiming that they were the masked singers. Although the women admit to being members of the group, they deny any involvement in the protest in the cathedral.

Amnesty International said the charges against the women should be dropped, saying Russian authorities were wrong to charge the women with the serious criminal charge of hooliganism, which carries a maximum sentence of seven years imprisonment.

The three women are currently in pre-trial detention until April 25.

A video montage of the song available on the internet has led to a wide debate surrounding the protest. Prime Minister Putin’s press secretary called the protest “despicable” and said it would be followed “with all the necessary consequences.”

Although a representative of the Orthodox Church initially called for mercy for the protestors, subsequent statements by representatives of the Church have called for harsh punishment, including for the women to be prosecuted for inciting hatred on the grounds of religion.

Amnesty International is a Nobel Peace Prize-winning grassroots activist organization with more than 3 million supporters, activists and volunteers in more than 150 countries campaigning for human rights worldwide. The organization investigates and exposes abuses, educates and mobilizes the public, and works to protect people wherever justice, freedom, truth and dignity are denied.