Russia Punk Picket

Posted March 19th, 2012 at 8:30 pm (UTC+0)
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A supporter of a female Russian punk band holds a photo of one of the band and reading “Freedom (to Natalya Tolokonnikova)” as she and others picket the police headquarters in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, March 8, 2012. Supporters of a female Russian punk band have picketed police headquarters in Moscow to protest the group’s jailing for trying to mount an impromptu concert inside the city’s main cathedral. The band, whose performers wear bright-colored homemade ski masks, entered Moscow’s historic Christ the Savior Cathedral in late February and belted out a protest song against church leaders’ support for then-presidential candidate Vladimir Putin. Putin won the elections in a widely criticized vote Sunday. Pussy Riot gained notoriety in January for performing a song addressed to Putin from a spot on Red Square. Videos of the performance became an instant Internet hit. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

James Brooke
James Brooke is the Russia/CIS bureau chief for Voice of America. A lifelong journalist, he covered West Africa, Brazil, the American Rocky Mountain States, Canada, and Japan/Korea for The New York Times. A resident of Moscow since 2006, he was first Bloomberg bureau chief for the region. In 2010, he joined VOA. In addition to writing Russia Watch, his weekly blog, he also does video, radio and web reports from Russia and the former USSR.

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James Brooke is VOA Moscow bureau chief, covering Russia and the former USSR. With The New York Times, he worked as a foreign correspondent in Africa, Latin America, Canada and Japan/Koreas. He studied Russian in college during the Brezhnev years, first visited Moscow as a reporter during the final months of Gorbachev, and then came back for reporting forays during the Yeltsin and early Putin years. In 2006, he moved to Moscow to report for Bloomberg. He joined VOA in Moscow in 2010. Follow Jim on Twitter @VOA_Moscow.



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