Pussy Riot members seek compensation from Russian authorities

IMAGE: Wikipedia.org

IMAGE: Wikipedia.org

Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are beginning legal proceedings to claim around 120,000 Euros in compensation from the Russian government.

Nadezha Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina filed their claim with the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg last week claiming that the money sought is to cover legal costs incured from prosecution in 2012.

The pair made headlines two years ago after performing an anti-Putin song in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour which saw them senctenced to two years for ‘hooliganism’. The band’s ordeal caused outrage in the international community, who saw the arrest as an attempt to quash free speech by the Russian authorities.

The band, who identify as feminist protest group, used their time in the headlines to bring attention to the Putin regime, which they claim is a dictatorship.

Members of the band were released in late 2013 after pressure from several international organisations forced Russia to offer an amnesty to those arrested. The group served 22 of their 24 month sentence.

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