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Russian band Pussy Riot shortlisted for Sakharov


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Russian band Pussy Riot shortlisted for Sakharov

Russian punk band Pussy Riot are among the three finalists shortlisted for this year’s Sakharov prize for freedom of thought.

Three members of the group were jailed for two years in August after performing an anti-Putin protest song in Moscow’s main Cathedral earlier this year.

The eventual winner will be chosen by the European parliament on the 12 December.

German Green MEP Barbara Lochbihler said: “I think we have a good choice of three candidates. And now we will see who will get the Sakharov Prize.’‘

Belarusian activist Ales Bialiatski, who is also currently jailed in his native Belarus, was also shortlisted for the prestigious human rights prize.

The third finalists’ were Iranian duo Nasrin Sotoudeh – an imprisoned lawyer – and film director Jafar Pana hi, who won a Camera d’Or at the 1995 Cannes Film Festival.

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