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Published on 28 Jul 2013 | over 4 years ago

400 people took part in a 'Naked Run for Freedom' in the Netherlands on Friday (July 26), timed to coincide with the parole hearing of a member of Russian punk band "Pussy Riot".

Amnesty International were among the organisers of the event they said was in support of freedom of expression in Russia.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, along with two other members of the band, was convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August for bursting into a Russian Orthodox cathedral in Moscow and belting out a "punk prayer" asking the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of President Vladimir Putin.

Hundreds of people took part in the naked run of two laps of a muddy motocross track in a comparatively sparsely-populated part of the country close to German border where they were cheered by thousands of supporters.

"That was the most amazing thing I ever did!" said one runner, 24-year-old Nienke after the race which took place on the fringes of the annual Black Cross festival.

Tolokonnikova lost her court battle to secure early release on Friday, the second blow in three days for Pussy Riot. Maria Alyokhina, another band member serving a two-year sentence, had a similar attempt quashed in court on Wednesday.

The third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed last October when a judge suspended her sentence on appeal.
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