“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. 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 voiced support for Pussy Riot at a Tuesday night concert in Moscow, saying she’d “pray for them.” She then turned her bare back, which had “Pussy Riot” written on it, to the audience and put on the black mask, the band’s symbol.