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Sun May 24 05:12:48 SAST 2015

Chili Peppers' Kiedis shows support for anti-Putin Pussy Riot

Sapa-AP | 23 July, 2012 09:13
Red Hot Chili Peppers Perform At L.A. LIVE's Club Nokia To Benefit The Silverlake Conservatory Of Music
Singer Anthony Kiedis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers performs at LA Live's Club Nokia to benefit The Silverlake Conservatory of Music on August 24, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
Image by: Kevin Winter / Getty Images

Anthony Kiedis, lead singer of US rock band the Red Hot Chili Peppers, gave his backing to a jailed Russian girl punk band during a Moscow concert, a Russian news website reported.

Kiedes performed with his band at the city's Luzniky stadium wearing a tee-shirt emblazoned with ‘Pussy Riot’, said the news website, a report confirmed by posts on Twitter.

Pussy Riot is the name of the punk trio currently detained pending trial for an protest against President Vladimir Putin last February.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina face up to seven years if jailed, after having barged into a Moscow church to sing a "punk prayer" calling for the overthrow of Putin.

The three have already been held in detention since March and on Friday a Moscow court ordered them detained for another six months, until January 12.

The anti-Putin opposition has rallied to support them with a number of artists and other celebrities denouncing what they say is their harsh treatment.

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