Björk and The Red Hot Chili Peppers aren’t the only ones standing up and calling for the release of Russian punk activists Pussy Riot. Citizens in Moscow and all over the world have been demonstrating on behalf of the young women. The verdict in their trial will come down Friday. Their defense lawyers have called for an official day of action in support of the three women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich, who were arrested in March for their guerrilla performance of a protest song in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.
The members of Pussy Riot have been charged with hooliganism and inciting “religious hatred,” an accusation they vehemently deny. The activists could be sentenced to three years in prison and demonstrators gathered outside the cathedral today to show their support. There have been protests against the band’s detention since their arrest, but the public outcry has been growing as the trial goes on.
On Friday, activists in cities from San Francisco to Kiev will meet outside Russian embassies and other locations starting at 2 p.m. Moscow time, an hour before the verdict.