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Pussy Riot activists head to Roskilde Festival

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Pussy Riot activists head to Roskilde Festival
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Formerly imprisoned activists Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina will offer a political break from the weeklong party.
In addition to its customary offering of music – and this year’s two specially-brewed beers – the Roskilde Festival will also be serving up international politics when it opens its gates next week.
 
Organizers have announced that two previously imprisoned members of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot will participate in this year’s festival.
 
Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina will speak on Friday July 4th on the Gloria stage.
 
“Pussy Riot was on everyone's lips as several of its members were imprisoned after a punk happening in Moscow's largest church,” the festival said in a statement. “Today the two former members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina have been released from prison, and they are campaign[ing] on freedom of speech, prison reform and human rights worldwide. And soon, also in Denmark - at Roskilde Festival.”
 
The non-profit festival also announced that it has donated 300,000 kroner ($55,000) to the Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina’s NGO, Zona Prava (Zone of Rights).
 
The 2014 Roskilde Festival begins on June 29th, with the main line-up of music kicking off on July 3rd. Pussy Riot will be joining acts such as the Rolling Stones, Drake, Stevie Wonder, Arctic Monkeys, Damon Albarn and many more.
 
Tickets for the full festival are sold-out, as are one-day tickets for Thursday, the day the Stones will grace the Orange stage. One-day tickets for Friday, Saturday and Sunday are still available via the festival’s website.
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