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Free The Pussy, Sum­mer­hall, Ed­in­burgh, un­til Oct 21

Rus­sia’s Pussy Riot fre­quently make the head­lines. Back in Au­gust, when Maria Alyokhina was com­ing over to Ed­in­burgh to per­form her Riot Days shows at the Fringe, she was ini­tially de­nied board­ing her flight and was told of an exit ban by lo­cal of­fi­cials.

In re­cent days, doc­tors treat­ing Py­otr Verzilov in Ber­lin say the 30-year-old man was likely poi­soned at a court hear­ing in Moscow re­lat­ing to a protest he staged at the World Cup ear­lier this year.

The au­thor­i­ties in Rus­sia are def­i­nitely not fans of the punk out­fit, two of whose mem­bers – Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokon­nikova – were jailed in 2012 for per­form­ing their song Punk Prayer in the Moscow Rus­sian Ortho­dox Church.

World-ex­clu­sive ex­hi­bi­tion Free The Pussy, cu­rated by Ed­in­burgh-based artist Tam­syn Chal­lenger, brings to­gether work made in re­sponse to the band’s call for sup­port from artists dur­ing their im­pris­on­ment.

Fea­tur­ing work by Yoko Ono, Gulf war artist John Keane, fem­i­nist art pi­o­neer Judy Chicago and Jamie Reid, the man be­hind the Sex Pis­tols’ most fa­mous record cov­ers, the ex­hi­bi­tion has been ex­tended for al­most a month, and will now close on Oc­to­ber 21.

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