Yoko Ono, in conjunction with Amnesty International, spoke out yesterday in support of jailed Russian dissident performance artists Pussy Riot. Ono (no slouch herself when it comes to feminist performance art) announced that Pussy Riot will be the recipient of the LennonOno Grant for Peace.

Even as Pussy Riot submits to the tender mercies of the Russian judicial system, international pressure continues to build to secure the group's release. The award from John Lennon's widow coincides with the European Parliament nominating Pussy Riot for the Sakharov Prize, named for the Soviet-era scientist/dissident Andrei Sakharov.

Pussy Riot gets support from Yoko Ono and Amnesty International [L.A. Times]