Pussy Riot As Person Of The Year? Russian Group Listed On TIME Magazine's Short List

11/28/2012 02:42 pm ET

Past winners of TIME Magazine's Person of the Year award have included Mahatma Gandhi, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, and, in 2006, simply "You." Could the next winner be Russia's feminist punk-rock group Pussy Riot?

TIME released the list of candidates for the honor on Monday and Pussy Riot appeared as one of the nominees.

"In a year when so many voices of liberty and dissent have suffered harsh retribution, the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot has paid a particularly steep price for provocative political expression," TIME's Bruce Crumley writes in the group's listing.

TIME gives readers the option of voting on whether a certain candidate should win the honor. As of Wednesday afternoon, 39 percent voted that Pussy Riot should "Definitely" be named Person of the Year, while 61 percent voted "No Way."

Pussy Riot rose to international prominence when three members of the controversial group were arrested for "hooliganism" as a result of a protest performance that the group staged at Moscow's Christ Savior Cathedral. The group reportedly yelled, "Mother Mary, please drive Putin away," in protest of Russia's Vladimir Putin.

Other names on this year's list of candidates include Psy, Felix Baumgartner, and Joe Biden.

Pussy Riot Member Freed

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