Hillary Clinton Praises Pussy Riot: ‘Brave Young Women’

April 7, 2014 - 3:27 PM

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(CNSNews.com) --  Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a potential Democratic presidential contender in 2016, praised the Russian female rock-protest band Pussy Riot on twitter, saying it was “great to meet” the women who refused “to let their voices be silenced.”

In an April 4 tweet, which includes a photo of Secretary Clinton with two of the band members, the former first lady wrote: “Great to meet the strong & brave young women from #PussyRiot, who refuse to let their voices be silenced in #Russia.”

Members of Pussy Riot performed, without permission, in Moscow’s Orthodox Cathedral of Christ the Savior on Feb. 12, 2012.  They played, sang, and danced inside the church in protest of the Orthodox church’s reported support for Vladimir Putin during his presidential campaign.

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Three members of the band – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yakaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina --  were subsequently arrested and charged with hooliganism in March 2012.  They were convicted in August of that year and sentenced to two years in a penal colony.

Samutsevich’s sentence was appealed in October 2012 and she was given two year’s probation. The sentences for the other two women were upheld.  However, they were released from prison in late December 2013, just prior to the start of the Olympics in Sochi.

Clinton met with the two women,  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, at the Women in the World forum in New York last week.

Video of Pussy Riot's staged performance at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior is posted here: