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Petitioning Conseil de Paris / Paris City Council

Make Pussy Riot honorary citizens of Paris!


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On February 11 and 12, 2013, Paris City Council will have the opportunity to make Nadejda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina and Maria Samoutsevitch Alekhina, jailed members of the band Pussy Riot, honorary citizens of Paris, France. The motion will be brought forward by Denis Baupin and is supported by other members of the Paris Green Party.

In light of Russia's decision to grant citizenship to infamous French actor, Gerard Depardieu after he decided to leave France this month to avoid paying taxes, it seems only fitting that Paris does the same for these Russian women being persecuted for criticizing Putin!

In August 2012, the world protested as Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in prison in a Russian labour camp for "hooliganism" and "incitement of religious hatred" after criticizing Putin during a concert in February in a Moscow cathedral. Two of the three members of this group are still detained in camps in Mordovia (the region where Mr. Depardieu has been given land) and the Urals. Many observers have denounced their conditions of detention and the obvious obstacles to their freedom of expression.

The City of Paris even called for their release last September. Paris now has the chance to go one step further in living up to the values of freedom and human rights by honoring the members of Pussy Riot and expressing support for artists suffering under oppression.

Thank you for signing and sharing this petition and supporting the City of Paris in granting Nadejda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina and Maria Samoutsevitch Alekhina honorary citizenship.

**This is an English translation of an identical petition in French found here.

Letter to
Conseil de Paris / Paris City Council
Make Pussy Riot honorary citizens of Paris! / Faire des Pussy Riot des Citoyennes d'honneur de la Ville de Paris

On February 11 and 12, 2013, Paris City Council will have the opportunity to make Nadejda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina and Maria Samoutsevitch Alekhina, jailed members of the band Pussy Riot, honourary citizens of Paris, France. The motion will be brought forward by Denis Baupin and is supported by other members of the Paris Green Party.

In light of Russia's decision to grant citizenship to infamous French actor, Gerard Depardieu after he decided to leave France this month to avoid paying taxes, it seems only fitting that Paris does the same for these Russian women being persecuted for criticizing Putin!

In August 2012, the world protested as Pussy Riot was sentenced to two years in prison in a Russian labour camp for "hooliganism" and "incitement of religious hatred" after criticizing Putin during a concert in February in a Moscow cathedral. Two of the three members of this group are still detained in camps in Mordovia (the region where Mr. Depardieu has been given land) and the Urals. Many observers have denounced their conditions of detention and the obvious obstacles to their freedom of expression.

The City of Paris even called for their release last September. Paris now has the chance to go one step further in living up to the values of freedom and human rights by honoring the members of Pussy Riot and expressing support for artists suffering under oppression.

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Les 11 et 12 février 2013, le Conseil de Paris devra se prononcer par vote sur la proposition qui sera portée par Denis Baupin et les éluEs Europe Ecologie – Les Verts et apparentés pour la nomination de Nadejda Tolokonnikova, Ekaterina Samoutsevitch et Maria Alekhina, membres du collectif russe Pussy Riot comme "Citoyennes d'honneur" de la ville de Paris.

Pour rappel, ces trois musiciennes du groupe artistique féministe russe Pussy Riot ont été ont été condamnées, le 17 août 2012 après presque six mois de détention provisoire, à deux ans d'emprisonnement en camp de travail pour "hooliganisme" et "incitation à la haine religieuse", pour avoir prononcé une prière anti-Poutine à l'occasion d'un concert donné en février dernier à la cathédrale du Christ-Sauveur de Moscou.

Deux des trois membres de ce collectif, sont toujours détenues dans des camps en Mordovie et dans l'Oural, deux régions très éloignées de Moscou et de nombreux observateurs ont dénoncé leurs conditions de détention et les entraves manifestes à leur liberté d'expression

La Ville de Paris a demandé leur libération en septembre dernier.

Au nom de son attachement aux valeurs de liberté et des droits de l'homme, la Ville de Paris s'honorerait désormais à exprimer son soutien à ces artistes qui subissent une oppression inacceptable en les nommant Citoyennes d'honneur comme elle l'a fait auparavant pour des militantEs internationaux luttant pour la promotion de la liberté et de la démocratie dans leur propre pays.