Harrowing footage from the streets of Kiev

February 19th, 2014

#Euromaiden
What it looks like when a government declares war on its own people.

Photo of Nadya in the hospital

February 19th, 2014

Photo of Nadya lying in the hospital bed opposite from Masha after beatings and pepper spray.
“My back hurts from lashes, on my body there are bruises and whip marks, on my temples – cuts and bruises. Putin will teach you to love your motherland.”

VIDEO – NADYA, MASHA AND OTHER MEMBERS OF PUSSY RIOT BEING BEATEN BY COSSACKS.

February 19th, 2014

Hired goons. This is Putin’s Russia. #Sochi2014

A retrospective on Nadya and Masha’s first trip to the US after being released

February 15th, 2014

The Voice Project was lucky enough to facilitate Nadya and Masha’s first visit to the US since being released from prison. They met with reformers, former prisoners, rights advocates, NGOs, researchers and even visited with prisoners at Rikers Island, and they were also kind enough to do a fundraiser for us. We have a behind-the-scenes retrospective of the trip up at our Facebook page which shows what these extraordinary women got into, accomplished, and set in motion while they were here.

Pre-order the new album from LA Dispute and help The Voice Project

January 14th, 2014

Pre-order the newest full length album from La Dispute and help The Voice Project! The band is inviting people who order to choose one of three organizations that they would like to support through their purchase. The three organizations will all receive a donation, the amount depending on the number of votes each receives, and Voice Project was selected as one! Information here:  ladisputemusic.com

The Pussy Riot International Support Fund – January 1, 2014 report

January 1st, 2014

Thank you to everyone who contributed to supporting Pussy Riot. As of January 1, 2014 the fund raised US$121,376.55. The use of funds breakdown was:

Voice Project Disbursements:
$93,704.12 – to Direct Prisoner/Family Support (includes childcare, prisoner safety monitoring by local attorneys, family travel costs, ground support team expenses, food, clothes, supplies, and communication)
$15,961.76 – Pussy Riot Collective Member Support
$9,573.36 – Support to Families via Legal Team
$493.55 – Interpreter & Translation Expense
$438.76 – Not Yet Cleared in TVP Account
$1,205.00 – in Total Monthly Wire Fees from Bank
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$121,376.55 Total

We thank you all who have helped here, individuals, musicians and organizations throughout the international support community, your help was invaluable, or as described by Nadya, “a miracle.” We are thrilled that the women came through this ordeal safe and strong, and will be on to do more great things. Again, thank you.

Nadya is free. All imprisoned Pussy Riot members have now been released.

December 23rd, 2013

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is free. Nadya was just released from the Krasnoyarsk prison camp today, Monday December 23rd, after having served almost two years in prison. She is the last of the imprisoned Pussy Riot members to be freed; Maria Alyokhina was freed earlier today and Yekaterina Samutsevich having been freed in October of last year following an appeal.

Masha and Nadya getting to speak to each other.

We all recognize that the whole amnesty program is a PR move by Putin, likely of course a bit of image clean up prior to the Olympics. Amnesty being ‘granted’ to two women put in prison for a 40 second song performance, who would have been released in a mere couple of months after missing nearly two years with their young children and loved ones is, of course, absurd. Last minute amnesty does not make up for that or the rule of law denied to so many others by the Putin regime and our thoughts are with them today. However, we are so happy that Nadya and Masha are safe, have come through this ordeal healthy and strong, and two young mothers will now be getting to see their children. A very large community of activists and donors around the world have worked hard to help to see that happen. In particular we thank all of you in this community who donated to keep them safe and monitored, supplied and visited, who refused to let this pass quietly and never stopped working for their safety and freedom.

-Hunter Heaney

Executive Director

The Voice Project

Masha is free. Meets with human rights activists and heads to Moscow

December 23rd, 2013

Photo: Mark Grigoriev @rockamark

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been released from prison in Nizhny Novgorod after receiving amnesty. Masha says that she would have refused the amnesty and the release if she could and asked for any legal means to remain in prison. Alyokhina said other inmates had received threats from the prison administration, and she wanted to serve out her term to help protect them.

Masha’s first order of business was to meet with human rights activists about conditions for her fellow inmates, she is now on the way to the train station to head to Moscow.

We are getting word that Nadya may be freed shortly.

With lawyer Peter Zaikin. Photo: Sergey Karpuhin/Reuters

PUSSY RIOT TO BE FREED!!

December 9th, 2013

We’ve just spoken to Pyotr Verzilov, husband of imprisoned member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is confirming the rumors about both members, Nadya and Maria Alyokhina, being freed under the amnesty bill being submitted by the Kremlin to parliament to mark the Russian constitution’s 20th anniversary on Thursday. Nadya’s father Andrei has also been able to confirm this from “reliable sources.”

“It’s from the Kremlin and official already, they will be freed,” Pyotr told us today. Though he added, “We do not know yet when this will happen, because it is unclear when the bill will be voted by the Duma and how fast it will be applied to prisons – could be from 2 weeks to 2 months until they are freed.”

So here’s to hoping for a speedy process so two young mothers can very soon be with their young children…and we can all have a big celebration, this whole, amazing international community that’s been so resolute and constant in working for this day.

The Pussy Riot International Support Fund – November 30, 2013 report

December 1st, 2013

Thank you to everyone who has contributed to supporting Pussy Riot. As of November 30, 2013 we have raised US$118,696.24. We continue to work with the women, their families and our partners at FreePussyRiot.org to insure that funds are used to best support the needs of the women, their families’ and the collective, reflected in the breakdown below for use of funds to date:

Voice Project Disbursements:
$92,076.21 – to Direct Prisoner/Family Support (includes childcare, prisoner safety monitoring by local attorneys, family travel costs, ground support team expenses, food, clothes, supplies, and communication)
$15,147.80 – Pussy Riot Collective Member Support
$9,573.36 – Support to Families via Legal Team
$493.55 – Interpreter & Translation Expense
$320.32 – Not Yet Cleared in TVP Account
$1,085.00 – in Total Monthly Wire Fees from Bank
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$118,696.24 Total

Again, we thank you all who have helped here, individuals, musicians and organizations throughout the international support community. Our focus will continue to be to support efforts to secure Nadya and Masha’s freedom, care for their children, and to insure their safety and well being while in the camps as best as possible through support for representative visitation, clothing and necessary supplies.