17 August 2012, 13:15

FEMEN saws down cross for Stalin victims

FEMEN saws down cross for Stalin victims

The Ukrainian activist group FEMEN has sawed down a cross located close to the International Culture and Arts Center in downtown Kiev to show their support for the Pussy Riot punk band.

The cross was erected on the hill overlooking Independence Square to honour the victims of Stalinist purges, who were tortured and killed in what is now Oktyabrsky Palace. 

In the Soviet times, the Oktyabrsky Palace, which is now housing the International Culture and Arts Center, used to serve as headquarters of NKVD, a notorious secret police organization. 

Pussy Riot verdict to be delivered today 

Today 3 p.m. Moscow time, the three girls: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina charged with hooliganism for their punk-prayer in Russia's main cathedral will know the verdict. Follow Pussy Riot trial updates from our correspondent.

Pussy Riot: waiting for a verdict

Supporters of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina plan to hold a peaceful rally near Moscow Khamovnichesky Court Friday before a verdict is delivered.

Pro-Pussy Riot flash mob at Christ the Savior Cathedral

In late February, four girls performed the so-called “punk prayer” on the altar of Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Some of their supporters call this profanity a “performance”. The three girls were detained and charged with hooliganism. The trial triggered a lot of fuss in the country and abroad.

Pussy Riot: now in Europe

The girls saw support of a number of Western celebrities, like Madonna, Paul McCartney, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Faith No More, Anti-Flag, Franz Ferdinand, Stephen Frey and Yoko Ono while some Russian stars condemned the girls and say they deserve punishment.

Madonna and Yoko Ono support Russia’s Pussy Riot

Finnish professor fails to imitate Pussy Riot action

Pussy Riot: under the mask of popularity

All-Russian muftiat opposes leniency for Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot punk prayer: 'carefully calculated action' - expert

This week's biased-media: Pussy Riot and anonymous Russian “officials”

Pussy Riot members deliver last plea before court hands down sentences

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