Chili Peppers’ lead singer backs jailed anti-Putin punks

Agence France-Presse
The band's supporters think another 6 months for the girls behind bars is no longer right

RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS frontman Anthony Kiedis. Photo from Facebook

MOSCOW, Russia – Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of US rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers, gave his backing to a jailed Russian girl punk band during a Moscow concert Sunday, a Russian news website reported.

Kiedes performed with his band at the city’s Luzniky stadium wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with “Pussy Riot,” according to the news website

Pussy Riot is the name of the punk trio currently detained pending trial for a protest against President Vladimir Putin last February.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina face up to 7 years if jailed, after having barged into a Moscow church to sing a “punk prayer” calling for the overthrow of Putin.

THE GIRLS OF PUSSY Riot as they listened to the extension of their detention last July 20. Screen grab from YouTube (linktv)

The 3 have been held in detention since March and, on Friday, a Moscow court ordered them detained for another 6 months, until January 12, 2013.

The anti-Putin opposition has rallied to support them with a number of artists and other celebrities denouncing what they say is their harsh treatment. – Agence France-Presse