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Pussy Riot To Make First U.S. Appearance

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Members of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot Maria Alyokhina (L) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) attend a preview of the nominees for the inaugural Prudential Eye Awards in Singapore on January 17, 2014. The two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot made their first international appearance since their release from prison last month, ahead of the awards ceremony for emerging Asian artists for which their anti-Putin video is shortlisted. AFP PHOTO / ROSLAN RAHMAN (Photo credit s | ROSLAN RAHMAN via Getty Images

Weeks after Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were released from prison, the Russian women are set to make their first U.S. appearance since walking free. The duo will attend Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" concert at Barclays Center in New York City on February 5, joining the likes of the Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons and Lauryn Hill.

“We are happy to support Amnesty International’s work on behalf of human rights and political prisoners,” Tolokonnikova and Alekhina explained in a press release for the event. “We, more than anyone, understand how important Amnesty’s work is in connecting activists to prisoners."

"A month ago we were freed from Russian prison camps," they added. "We will never forget what it’s like to be in prison after a political conviction. We have vowed to continue helping those who remain behind bars and we hope to see you all at the Amnesty International concert on February 5th in Brooklyn.”

The two Pussy Riot members will speak to concert goers next month in an attempt to raise awareness of the plight of prisoners of conscience around the world. The 2014 event will occur 25 years after the initial Amnesty International concert dedicated to issues of human rights, which featured musicians like U2, Sting, and Lou Reed.

For more on Pussy Riot, check out our interview with Pussy Riot member Katya Samutsevich here.

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