Russian protest group Pussy Riot has endorsed a boycott of the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi over a Russian law that prohibits the promotion of gay rights.

The law, approved in June, prohibits the public promotion of “gay propaganda” where minors might be present, effectively shutting down public demonstrations of support. Russia's law has provoked worldwide protests and calls for a boycott of the upcoming Sochi Olympics.

Three members of Pussy Riot were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” following a performance on the soleas of Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior last year. (It is unknown how many members are involved in the group. Most remain anonymous.)

“I support the boycott because I do not think at this stage there is any other way to make our authorities see and understand because they keep ignoring the rights of their citizens,” Ekaterina Samutsevich, one of the three convicted members, told the BBC. “And at this stage there is no other way to affect change, because the authorities have taken hostage of the media, so perhaps this boycott can be a symbol of criticism being voiced.”

“It's a very difficult life for homosexuals in Russia,” she continued. “[This law] will make life for non-traditional sexual orientation just simply hell and there will be no protection because at the moment the only protection is the law, and this law has very abstract provisions.”