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Hi there Lazer-head with love,

I'm writing to let those who've contributed to my Support Pussy Riot campaign know some recent news about Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

The page where you made your donation lists the kinds of expenses for which this money will be used—in brief, to keep them alive and healthy, and in touch with their families.

Parole hearings were held last week, and the New York Times reports "…the two members of the Russian activist collective Pussy Riot who remain imprisoned were both denied parole last week. At separate hearings, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were judged to be insufficiently repentant for the “punk prayer” they performed in a Moscow cathedral last year, calling on the Virgin Mary to “send Putin packing!”
The women, who were arrested together in March 2012 and sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism aimed at inciting religious hatred,” both denounced the Russian justice system during the parole hearings in Perm and Saransk.
…As one Russian art blogger explained, Ms. Tolokonnikova also took issue with the charge that she had failed to display “a positive attitude” in the penal colony by boycotting an essentially mandatory beauty contest for female prisoners."
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And on August 1 the Moscow Times published a rumor that the two may be among some prisoners to be freed as some sort of weird celebration marking 20 years of the Russian Constitution, but that doesn't happen until December 2013. If it happens at all. More at

Our support lets the Russian government know that people outside that country are keeping an eye on Masha and Nadia, and possibly that can help get them on the list to be released.

So, thanks again for contributing, and please spread the word about this way to sustain them through their prison stays.

5 years ago
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Thank you for your donation to the fund for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina. These are some brave women! (Have you seen the documentary on HBO?) Please let others know about them and this effort to help.

There's about eleven months left on their sentences. All the money collected goes to support the women and their families, for example sending clothing and other things to help Nadia and Masha stay healthy in prison, pay for travel expenses to help their families in visiting, and provide frequent communication so they can be monitored. Unmonitored prisoners sometimes die mysteriously. Their new lawyers are working without pay.

The third member who was arrested, Yekaterina Samutsevich, got a different lawyer and was given only a suspended sentence.
5 years ago
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Steven Lopez
Moorpark, CA United States
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