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Pussy Riot ” Death to Prison Freedom to Protest “

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk rock protest group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, it has a variable membership of approximately 11 women ranging in age from about 20 to 33. They stage unauthorised provocative guerrillaperformances in unusual public locations, which are edited into music videos and posted on the Internet. Their lyrical themes include feminism, LGBT rights, opposition to the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin, whom they regard as adictator, and links between Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.

On February 21, 2012, five members of the group staged a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Their actions were stopped by church security officials. By that evening, they had turned the performance into a music video entitled “Punk Prayer – Mother of God, Chase Putin Away!” The women said their protest was directed at the Orthodox Church leader’s support for Putin during his election campaign.

On March 3, 2012, two of the group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were arrested and charged with hooliganism. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was arrested on March 16. Denied bail, they were held in custody until their trial began in late July. On August 17, 2012, the three members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, and each was sentenced to two years imprisonment. Two other members of the group, who escaped arrest after February’s protest, reportedly left Russia fearing prosecution.

The trial and sentence attracted considerable criticism, particularly in the West. The case was adopted by human rights groups including Amnesty International, which designated the women prisoners of conscience, and by a number of prominent entertainers. Public opinion in Russia was generally less sympathetic towards the women. Putin stated that the band had “undermined the moral foundations” of the nation and “got what they asked for ” Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he did not think the three members of Pussy Riot should have been sent to jail, but stressed that the release of the remaining two imprisoned members was a matter for the courts. Having served 21 months, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released on December 23, 2013 after the State Duma approved an amnesty. In February 2014, a statement was made anonymously on behalf of some members of the group that both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were no longer members of Pussy Riot. However, both were among the group that performed as Pussy Riot during the Winter Olympics in Sochi, where they were attacked with whips and pepper spray by Cossacks who were employed as security. On 6 March 2014, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were seriously assaulted and injured at a fast food outlet by local youths in Nizhny Novgorod.

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Madiba “Father of A Nation 1918-2013

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“No one in my family had ever attended school. On the first day of school my teacher, Miss Mdingane, gave each of us an English name. This was the custom among Africans in those days and was undoubtedly due to the British bias of our education. That day, Miss Mdingane told me that my new name was Nelson. Why this particular name? I have no idea.”

— Mandela, 1994

Mandela was born on July 18, 1918 in the village of Mvezo in Umtatu, then a part of South Africa’s Cape Province.[1] Given the forename Rolihlahla, a Xhosa term colloquially meaning “troublemaker”,[1] in later years he became known by his clan name, Madiba.[2] His patrilinealgreat-grandfather, Ngubengcuka, was ruler of the Thembu people in the Transkeian Territories of South Africa’s modern Eastern Cape province. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18 July 1918 is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movementfrom 1998 to 1999. Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela born 18 July 1918 is a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary and politician who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was the first black South African to hold the office, and the first elected in a fully representative, multiracial election. His government focused on dismantling the legacy of apartheid through tackling institutionalised racism, poverty and inequality, and fostering racial reconciliation. Politically an African nationalist and democratic socialist, he served as the President of the African National Congress (ANC) from 1991 to 1997. Internationally, Mandela was the Secretary General of the Non-Aligned Movementfrom 1998 to 1999.

Awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom,[355]and the Order of Canada,[356] he was the first living person to be made an honorary Canadian citizen.[357] The last reciprocent of the Soviet Union’s Lenin Peace Prize from the Soviet Union,[358] and first reciprocent of the Al-Gaddafi International Prize for Human Rights,[359] in 1990 he received the Bharat Ratna Award from the government of India,[360] and in 1992 received Pakistan’s Nishan-e-Pakistan.[361] In 1992 he was awarded the Atatürk Peace Award by Turkey. He refused the award, citing human rights violations committed by Turkey at the time,[362]but later accepted the award in 1999.[358]Elizabeth II awarded him the Bailiff Grand Cross of the Order of St. John and the Order of MeritJOHANNESBURG – Ailing global peace icon Nelson Mandela, who is receiving treatment at home after spending nearly three months in hospital, is “fine,” his ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela said on Sunday.“He is fine, the spirits of Africa, his ancestors, our ancestors are keeping him for all of us,” Madikizela-Mandela told SABC public broadcaster in South Africa. Mandela is receiving intensive care for a respiratory illness at his Johannesburg home where he returned after being discharged on September 1. He had spent 86 days in a Pretoria hospital. The 95-year-old’s condition was described as critical but stable throughout his stay.