Bjork Supports Pussy Riot, Russia’s Jailed Feminist Punk Rockers

Bjork has joined Madonna in voicing her public support for Pussy Riot, a feminist punk band in Russia who have been jailed five months and are currently on trial for "hooliganism" for speaking out against President Vladimir Putin.

In a message posted on her web site, Bjork spoke out on behalf of the Pussy Riot’s unjust jailing and invited them to perform with her onstage when freed. She wrote:

dear folks

here comes a statement in defense of pussy riot:

as a musician and a mother i would like to express i fiercely dont agree with them being put to jail because of their peaceful protest performance . they are currently standing trial and facing seven years in prison for this . in my opinion the russian authorities should let them go home to their families and children i would like to invite pussy riot to join me in a particular song on stage : which was written for all enhancement of justice ( you can guess : once , which one )

warmth , björk

The Hollywood Reporter said Bjork is referring to her song Declare Independence, which she has sang in the past in support of her causes.

Earlier this week, Madonna spoke out against Russian authorities when she performed in Moscow. In a touching video from the concert that ended up on YouTube, the singer derailed the Russian government for jailing Pussy Riot over free speech and pressed for their release. Madge was later derided by a Russian politician as being a "moralizing slut." Other celebs have taken up Pussy Riot’s cause, as well: according to Mother Jones magazine, Sting, Peter Gabriel and British comedian Stephen Fry have all made public various statements calling for Pussy Riot’s release and Anthony Kiedis has worn a "Free Pussy Riot" tee shirt. I’m quite certain none of those gentlemen were called a "slut" for speaking out, however.

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