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Free Pussy Riot: Public Reading at Ace Hotel, NY

As of late, the words Free Pussy Riot have splashed across printed papers, online publications, tweets and Facebook statuses. Ever since the Russian punk group Pussy Riot staged a public performance at Moscow's main cathedral in February that lead to the arrest of three of its members, the act seen as a modern-day Bikini Kill/Riot Grrrl has garnered sympathy across the globe, mostly due to the authoritarian way the Russian government has handled their over-the-top sentences.

Last night, ChloĆ« Sevigny, Eileen Myles, Karen Finley, Johanna Fateman, MX Justin Vivian Bond, and K8 Hardy gathered for a public reading in support of the incarcerated Maria Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Ekaterina Samucevich, sharing with the audience some courtroom statements and heartfelt prison letters in the basement of the Ace Hotel. Organized by JD Samson, the reading is another example of the support Pussy Riot has received.

Photography by Mark Kendall