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'Free Pussy Riot' Graffiti In Iran?

By Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE/RL

There have been protests and calls on Russia to free jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot from many corners of the world. The three were sentenced to two years in prison earlier this week over their critical remarks against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At least one appeal has also been made in Iran, if the author of a photograph creating a buzz among Iranians is to be believed, in the form of graffiti at the gate of the Russian consulate in Isfahan.

Persian Letters could not verify the image's authenticity.

But this picture of a protest sign is making the rounds on social media among Iranians and opposition members who have been critical of Russian support for the Iranian establishment.

jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot
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Pussy Riot is a Russian feminist punk-rock group based in Moscow. Founded in August 2011, the band stages provocative performances about Russian political life in unusual and unauthorized locations, such as Lobnoye Mesto in Red Square, on top of a trolleybus, or on a scaffold in the Moscow Metro.


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