Could it actually be happening? After more than a year of protests, photo montages, a documentary and a huge cultural uproar, could the phrase "Free Pussy Riot!" actually come to fruition? 

Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist performance art group easily identified by their rainbow-colored ski masks, was pushed to the forefront of an international feminist revolt after a peaceful performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior to highlight the corrupt relationship between President Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church resulted in arrests of two members, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.  They were charged on the grounds of "hooliganism" and were set to serve two years in prison.

After more than a year of public outcry for the group and its two incarcerated members, reports have surfaced of Pyotr Verzilov, husband of imprisoned member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, confirming that both members will be freed under the amnesty bill submitted by the Kremlin to parliament.  Rumors of an earlier release date have also been confirmed by Tolokonnikova's father, Andrei.

"It' from the Kremlin and official already, they will be freed," Pyotr told The Voice Project.  However, he also added, "we do not know yet when this will happen, because it is unclear when the bio will be voted by the Duma and how fast it will be applied to prisons—could be from two weeks to two months until they are freed."

Though the release date is still unknown, this is wonderful news, not just to their families, but also for the amazingly supportive international community that helped raise awareness about the group and their strong feminist message.  

 

Image 1 via: The Voice Project

Image 2 via: Free Pussy Riot Facebook

Tagged in: women's rights, Pussy Riot, free pussy riot, female activists   

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