Russian punk band Pussy Riot released a new song after members of the group were sentenced to two years in prison today for staging an anti-Russian President Vladimir Putin performance in February.
Feminist rockers Maria Alyokhina, 24, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for performing the song “Virgin Mary, Put Putin Away” at the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. In addition to attacking the Russian president, the song also targets “the Church’s praise of rotten dictators,” according to this translation.
Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sting, and the Beastie Boys are just some of the artists that have voiced their support for the band.
Listen to “Putin Lights up the Fires,” edited to a montage of footage of the band and its supporters, at The Guardian.