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Cyberdog to open Pussy Riot pop-up store
Cyberdog opens official Pussy Riot pop-up store to house petition for the release of the two Russian punk band members on Wednesday 24th October
On October 10th 2012 a Russian court upheld the convictions of two members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot. Both Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 will now be forced to spend the next two years of their lives in Russian labor camps.
Their crime? Raising awareness of Russian government policies that discriminate against women and place restrictions on legal abortions.
Pussy Riot are part of the global anti-capitalist movement and as a result they use situation guerrilla performances to spread their message of civic activity amidst the repressions of a corporate political system that directs its power against basic human rights and civil and political liberties.
In February 2012, Pussy Riot chose to use the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow as their pulpit and this took their important message to a global audience. On the 3rd of March 2012 they were arrested and charged with hooliganism and have been imprisoned ever since.
The imprisonment sparked passionate protests not only in Russia (where, in Moscow, a crowd of about 20,000 supporters gathered) but also globally. International support snowballed: Madonna stopped a concert to champion Pussy Riot not only in Moscow, but in Seattle. Bjork called audience to support Pussy Riot. Sir Paul McCartney, Sting, The Beastie Boys, Jarvis Cocker, Kate Nash, Patti Smith, Bryan Adams, actor Adrian Grenier and Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney, Denny De Vito, Elijah Wood and numerous other musicians also went on record with their support.
Politician and chess star Garry Kasparov participated in a protest in Moscow, was beaten, arrested, and subsequently released, and publicly voiced his support for Pussy Riot at each stage. Yoko Ono joined the prominent call to free the three imprisoned Pussy Riot punk band members, saluting their stand for freedom of speech after being handed a two-year sentence for staging a “punk prayer” in Moscow’s main cathedral and awarded a peace grant established in the name of her late husband, former Beatle John Lennon. Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Prize winner, called for release of Pussy Riot. Amnesty International considers the activists to be prisoners of conscience, detained solely for the peaceful expression of their beliefs.
As a sign of solidarity to Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and to ensure that they remain front of mind, cult Camden town retailer Cyberdog will be opening an official Pussy Riot pop up store on Wednesday 24th October 2012. The pop up store will house a petition calling for the release of the two still imprisoned members of the band and will also sell a variety of merchandise curated and created by the band, including their trademark brightly colored balaclavas. A large percentage of all proceeds will go directly to the band themselves.
Pussy Riot @ Cyberdog
Chalk Farm Rd
Monday through to Thursday 11AM-7:30PM
Friday 11AM – 8PM
Saturday and Sunday 10AM – 8PM
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