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- rachel8, CNN iReport producer
Hundreds of local and international activists, tourists, musicians, artists with various racial, religious, political and gender backgrounds in Stockholm told Russian President Putin early this evening to set free 3 members of the feminist punk band otherwise known as Pussy Riot who were sentenced this morning to two years in prison, despite an outcry from musicians, activists, and supporters of free speech in Russia and around the world. The manifestation which which took place behind Sweden's National Palace and was organized by Olga Lännevall, who is also originally from Russia but lives in Stockholm currently, brought large numbers of protesters from all walks of lives. She told me the purpose of this protest is to show her solidarity not only to the imprisoned members of the punk band but also to fellow Russians who are victims of President Putin's crackdown on freedom of expression and dissent. Lämnevall added the protest will continue further until all members of Pussy Riot band are released and the Russian government respects its constitution. During the event local and international feminists made speechs demanding the Russian government to respect its constitution as well as Universal Human Rights conventions. Musicians from Sweden and Russia also played songs by the Pussy Riot Band and their own as well.