In this frame grab from handout Pussy Riot new video provided on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, band members in trademark bright-colored ski masks perform on top
In this frame grab from handout Pussy Riot new video provided on Tuesday, July 16, 2013, band members in trademark bright-colored ski masks perform on top of an oil rig. Russian provocateurs Pussy Riot are back in action, releasing their first music video since three members went to prison last year for a prank denouncing Vladimir Putin. The video shows band members in trademark bright-colored ski masks and short skirts, cavorting and shrieking atop an oil rig. Backed by hectic guitar and a drum fusillade, they pour oil on a large photo of state oil giant Rosneft's chairman and liken Putin to an Iranian ayatollah. One member of the collective, who gave only her stage name of Grelka, said after the video's Tuesday release that "the main message is that Putin has spread the country's wealth among his friends." Three members were sentenced to two years for an anti-Putin "punk prayer" in Moscow's main cathedral. One was later released on probation. (AP Photo/Pussy Riot)

Amnesty International says that more than 100 leading musicians are calling for release of jailed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot.

Amnesty said Monday that Adele, U2, Madonna, Yoko Ono, Radiohead, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, Ke$ha, Sir Paul McCartney and Sting were among those who signed an open letter organized by the group.

The musicians say in the letter that the impact of Pussy Riot's "shockingly unjust trial and imprisonment has spread far and wide, especially among your fellow artists, musicians and citizens around the world."

They urged the Russian authorities to free 23-year old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and 25-year-old Maria Alekhina, who received 2-year sentences last August for an irreverent punk protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral. Their parole appeal hearings are due this week.




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