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Pussy Riot to appear at Amnesty International concert in Brooklyn

Pussy Riot may no longer be a formal band, but the activists will still make a high-profile appearance at a Brooklyn music venue next month.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina will appear alongside the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons, Ms. Lauryn Hill and many others for Amnesty International's Bringing Human Rights Home event at Brooklyn's Barclays Center on Feb. 5.

"We are happy to support Amnesty International's work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners," Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina said in a statement. "We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty's work is in connecting activists to prisoners.

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The two were recently released from prison after serving 21 months for their "punk prayer" protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior church in 2012. Pussy Riot members have criticized the timing of their release as a cynical gesture in the runup to the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, which Tolokonnikova has called "Putin's pet project."

While Pussy Riot's activism began as a punk-inspired musical protest, the group has since shifted its focus to prison reform in Russia. Amnesty International's prior concert have included sets by Bruce Springsteen, U2, Sting and Lou Reed. Many of these shows were recently made available with the DVD/CD collection "Released!" late last year.

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