Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, who have been released from penal colonies after being amnestied, said they will begin working on a human rights project entitled Law Zone in the nearest future.

"It began when we started engaging in human rights activities where we served our terms. Our lives are closely connected to this project," Tolokonnikova told a press conference in Moscow.

Tolokonnikova said the purpose of the new project will be to change the penitentiary system.

Alyokhina, for her part, said the project will defend the rights of many prisoners. "There are people in penal colonies who are on the verge of dying," she said.

Tolokonnikova told reporters the project currently has no funding. "As for money, we don't have anything to finance it with," Tolokonnikova said.

Tolokonnikova said anyone who wants can make donations to the organization. "We currently need to make a transparent funding system," she said.

Tolokonnikova said the project participants plan to work with opposition activist Alexei Navalny and Rosuznik coordinator Sergei Vlasov.

At the same time, the Pussy Riot members said they do no need the money of former Yukos CEO Mikhail Khodorkovsky, with whom they plan to work. "We will not ask anyone for financial assistance," Tolokonnikova said.

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