Paul McCartney Supports Pussy Riot

"I hope you can stay strong..."
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Paul McCartney has released a statement in support of imprisoned Russian punks Pussy Riot.

It began with a small guerilla show almost a year ago. Now the brief career of Pussy Riot has taken them to international renown - and a courtroom in their native Russia.

Support for the young group is flooding in from all quarters, with some iconic faces adding their name to the campaign. Now Sir Paul McCartney has released a short statement offering his support to the group.

It reads:

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Dear Nadya, Katya & Masha,

I’m writing to show my support for you at this difficult time. I would like you to know that I very much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you for your protest. Many people in the civilized world are allowed to voice their opinions and as long as they do not hurt anyone in doing so I believe this is the best way forward for all societies. I hope you can stay strong and believe that I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom.

Wishing you the very best of luck,
Paul McCartney

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The Pussy Riot trial recently closed with Yekaterina Samutsevich giving an impassioned defence of her beliefs. Watch her closing statement below:

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