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Anti-Putin Punk Group Nominated For Prestigious Russian Art Award

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (center), and Maria Alyokhina (right) are escorted by police to a court hearing in Moscow on August 8.
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left), Yekaterina Samutsevich (center), and Maria Alyokhina (right) are escorted by police to a court hearing in Moscow on August 8.
By RFE/RL
The Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot has been nominated for one of Russia's most prestigious awards in arts, the Kandinsky Prize.

According to the Kandinsky Prize's website, the group was added to the list of candidates to receive the annual Project of the Year award.

Three members of the group -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich -- are on trial for staging a performance at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral against President Vladimir Putin's rule in February. A verdict in their case is due on August 17.

The Kandinsky Award was established in 2007.

Leading Russian and international art experts, intellectuals, and businessmen are among the Kandinsky Prize's organizers.

The prize for the Project of the Year is $40,000.

With reporting by "Kommersant"
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by: john from: canada
August 10, 2012 19:01
Its great that Pussy Riot is nominated for 2012 Kandinsky Project of the Year for its church performance, but there are a LOT of nominations so very competitive!

From the Kandinsky website for project #269 (including the video):

"In February a punk band - Pussy Riot attained worldwide fame by performing inside Moscow's Church of Christ the Saviour, which until the mid-1990s was the site of an open air swimming pool. "St. Maria, Virgin, Holy Mother, Drive Putin Out! "They sang, also filming the performance, which they afterward uploaded to Youtube. Right now they are under investigation for their performance.":

http://kandinsky-prize.ru/hronika/premiya-kandinskogo-2012/proekt-goda/269

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by: Arseniy from: USA
August 18, 2012 01:35
What an ignorant comment. The Cathedral of Christ the Savior was demolished during the communist regime and REPLACED with a swimming pool. Only after the fall of the Soviet Union was the cathedral restored.

by: Anonymous
August 12, 2012 22:17
Your disclamer is a lie. If you disagree with a comment, you don't publish it. Soviet-style censorship. Radio Free Europe is a propaganda tube, financed by the USA and its zionist Congress.

You are consistently refusing to publish my comment. I will repeat it again:

This is a joke, right? Pussy Riot punks shake their boobs and act like clowns in a church for a couple of minutes - and get a "prestigious award in arts." Perhaps the word "arts" has been redefined. This is all political circus and part of the USA/Soros campaign to destabilize Russia. I am sure that some "chosen" people are running it - they love revolutions and illusions.
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by: Jack from: US
August 13, 2012 06:47
It is censorship, of course. It is a direct violation of the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. You should sue the pants off RFE/RL for violating your constitutional rights. As a hard-working Zionist-fearing American, you should be angry that your tax money is going to finance this outlet that indirectly funds the murder of innocent Palestinian babies. Babies!!
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by: Anonymous from: usa
August 13, 2012 08:16
... with white phosphorus in January 2009. Was the funding indirect? The US budget grants money to Israel, who then does what Israel does.

On the other side of things, Palestinians are using life and death as a weapon. They are the sort of people that would hide missiles in a daycare, breed more to make up the losses, and then use the media to twist the situation against Israel.

It's really a terrible catch-22 situation the Israelis got themselves stuck in.

by: Vakhtang from: Moscow
August 13, 2012 07:08
I believe that the Pussy Riot should be nominated for the Nobel Prize.
in addition:
In the event of a conviction of girls-organize a boycott of the Olympic games in Sochi and the World Cup in Russia
Provide nuclear weapons to Georgia to protect the country from Putin..

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