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17 September 2012, 11:03
Conductor Vladimir Jurowski has voiced his support for Pussy Riot, the jailed Russian feminist punk band.
Vladimir Jurowski, principal conductor of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, has voiced his support for the jailed Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot. Speaking to The Times newspaper, Jurowski said that he fears the current climate in Russia could spark another civil war.
The comments come ahead of a series of concerts due to happen next month, when the London Philharmonic Orchestra and the Russian National Orchestra will perform together under Jurowski's baton.
Jurowski commented that he hoped the concerts would lead to a better understanding between two "very musical nations."
Three members of Pussy Riot were jailed last month for staging a protest gig in a Moscow church. The incident originally led to the band members' imprisonment and encouraged fierce debate in the music industry about Russia's political climate.