With 3 members of Pussy Riot on trial in Russia, Madonna is the latest celebrity to speak out in support of them, urging the Russian court not to condemn the trio to prison.  The women, all in their 20s, are on trial for performing a song in a Russian Orthodox church protesting Putin and his support by the church’s leaders-- particularly Patriarch Kirill. The rockers’ prosecutor asked for a three-year prison sentence, although they could face up to seven years. Since two of the women are mothers, the three-year sentence is seen as the lenient option.

Madonna is on tour in Russia right now, and told the press: “I’m against censorship … my whole career I’ve always promoted freedom of expression, freedom of speech, so obviously I think what’s happening to them is unfair … I hope that they do not have to serve seven years in jail, that would be a tragedy… I think art should be political… historically speaking art always reflects what’s going on socially, so for me it’s hard to separate the idea of being an artist and being political.” Amen! She joins a list of other musicians who have supported the band, including Sting, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Pete Townshend of The Who. 

The U.S. Embassy in Moscow has alerted those attending Madonna’s Russian concerts, (one took place yesterday in Moscow and another will on Thursday in St. Petersburg), that violence has been threatened against spectators and performers at the St. Petersburg concert. The U.S. Consolate General was informed of this threat, and the appropriate law enforcement authorities in both cities have been notified. A spokesman for Russia's Union of Orthodox Banner-Bearers, a support group for the Church, asked authorities who are Orthodox believers to ban the concert. 

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