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Madonna adds her voice to critics of Pussy Riot verdict

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 - 00:45

Aug. 19 - Madonna, who had already voiced her support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, joins a chorus of celebrities in slamming their jail sentence. John Russell reports.

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Madonna, who had already voiced her support for the Russian punk band Pussy Riot, on Saturday joined a chorus of celebrities in slamming a jail sentence handed down in Moscow to three women from the group over a protest against President Vladimir Putin. "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. The three women were convicted in a Russian court of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for performing a "punk prayer" in a Moscow cathedral in which they called on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin. British singers Sting and Paul McCartney have also shown support for the Pussy Riot band.

Madonna adds her voice to critics of Pussy Riot verdict

Sunday, Aug 19, 2012 - 00:45

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