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Madonna condemns Pussy Riot verdict


Madonna may be saddled with her own share of Russian troubles right now, facing a $10.5 million lawsuit brought by a group of activists offended by the "moral damage" she caused at her St. Petersburg concert by challenging the city's gay pride ban. Yet the pop star is continuing to lend her support to jailed Russian punk trio Pussy Riot. On Saturday, she released a statement condemning Friday's conviction of the group on charges of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

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"I protest the conviction and sentencing of Pussy Riot to a penal colony for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions," Madonna said in a statement on her website. "Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and, in fact, is inhumane. I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They've spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free."

Madonna had taken a moment during her August 7th concert in Moscow to urge Russian authorities to free Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich. She also wore a Pussy Riot-style balaclava during the concert and had the band's name written on her back.

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The band has drawn a wide array of international support to their cause, including musicians like Patti Smith, Paul McCartney, Sting and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.

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Aug 20, 2012 11:38AM
who is modonna to condemn anything? much less some other countries decisions about what happens on their soil.
don't entertainers, and i use that term loosely with modonna, ever think before they put their foot in their mouths?
i think most of them don't have the brains it takes to put milk on their cereal.

Aug 20, 2012 11:33AM
whoa whoa whoa whoa...pussy riot are musicians????
i could have swore it was just a bunch of badgers wrestling some pigs.
they should just have them and madonna sign a contract that will let them free as long
as they never write music again and leave it for real artist to write.
Aug 20, 2012 11:20AM
It's pretty funny that during Madonna's performance she stomped on a cross... Yet here she is talking about intolerance. Madonna is just a flaky hypocrite.

And on another note... someone tell Madonna she's seventy years old, so stop dressing like a 16 year old prostitute - it's gross and tasteless... She had her time as a media ho, move on already. Let other talentless hos have their brief fame based upon talentless exhibition and sensational nonsense...

Aug 20, 2012 11:03AM
Who cares what Madonna thinks. She is so passe'
Aug 20, 2012 10:58AM
She is right. 2 years in jail for disrupting a church? It is too much. Madonna is right. Two years. If you think that is just you should learn to be humble. 
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