Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand show support for Pussy Riot
MOSCOW, July 23 - RAPSI. Pyotr Verzilov, husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of three Pussy Riot band members arrested for hooliganism at Christ the Savior Cathedral, plans to give her letters of support on Tuesday written by several famous rock musicians.
He said that Red Hot Chili Peppers vocalist Anthony Kiedis and bass player Michael Balzary, better known as Flea, as well as Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos have sent letters of support to the arrested Pussy Riot band members.
"We love you and we support you. We are here to help you," reads the letter by Anthony Kiedis, which he personally gave to Verzilov on Sunday after Red Hot Chili Peppers performed in Moscow.
Verzilov said that it was the organizers of the Red Hot Chili Peppers' concert who thought of their meeting.
Anthony Kiedis performed in both Moscow's Luzhniki and St. Petersburg's Petrovsky wearing a t-shirt with "Pussy Riot" written on it.
Verzilov said that RHCP vocalist knows of Pussy Riot's music and has been following the trial via articles in The Guardian.
"I applaud your courage, I pray for your release," Flea wrote in his letter.
Pyotr Verzilov will also give his wife a similar letter of support written by Franz Ferdinand vocalist Alex Kapranos.
On February 21, five masked group members performed a protest song titled "Holy Sh*t" at the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. A video of their performance that was posted on the Internet incited a public uproar. Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested.
They face up to seven years in prison.
The case will be considered on the merits at Moscow Khamovnichesky District Court on July 30.