by Alana Altmann at . Comments

Rusian punkers Pussy Riot wrote an open letter on Thursday revealing that members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are no longer involved with their group. 

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova famously served 16 months of their 2 year prison sentence last year after storming a Russian church and performing an anti-Putin protest song

The pair made an appearance last week alongside Madonna at an Amnesty International benefit, which Pussy Riot's six members didn't agree with. 

Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot explained of their shows: 

"Our performances are always 'illegal,' staged only in unpredictable locations and public places not designed for traditional entertainment."

They feel that Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova went against the “ideals of our group ... feminism, separatist resistance, fight against authoritarianism and personality cult.”

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by Hilton Hater at . Comments

As one of the leading voices speaking out in support of Pussy Riot - she gave an impassioned speech (below) during a concert in Russia two weeks ago - Madonna has now released a new statement in light of this group's members being sentenced to two years in prison.

A judge decreed last week that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich will spend time behind bars for disparaging Vladimir Putin outside a cathedral, an act deemed in court as "hooliganism."

Writes Madonna in response to the decision:

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 - who is being sued for $10.5 million by Russian activists because she challenged the gay pride ban in St. Petersburg during a recent show there - is not alone in her disdain over the Pussy Riot verdict.

Many celebrities have expressed outrage over Twitter, with The Black Keys vowing to never perform in Russia again under this sort of law.

by Hilton Hater at . Comments

Three members of the Russian group Pussy Riot were sentenced to multiple years in prion yesterday. Their crime?

Calling out President Vladimir Putin during a March performance in Russia.

Pussy Riot Members

Now, various stars and musicians are responding to the punishment, with one well-known band vowing to never play in Russia again. Here is a rundown of reactions:

Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney: "FYI. We will never being playing a show in Russia as long as they imprison innocent musicians for speaking their minds peacefully."

Mischa Barton: "I can't believe sentencing #pussyriot to2 yrs in jail.as someone who lived in Moscow and has filmed& seen inside the jails my heart goes out."

Kate Walsh: "What a massive disappointment for Russia: imprisoning pussyriot?? Shame on you."

Bill Maher: "Solidarity shout-out to #PussyRiot! I signed a petition in support! Then I found out it was a band," he tweeted, along with, "I see #MittRomney and #PaulRyan have taken to calling themselves America's Comeback Team. Cuz #PussyRiot was taken."

Paul McCartney: "I and many others like me who believe in free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea of artistic freedom."

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In America, Dave Mustaine can claim President Barack Obama orchestrated the killing of a dozen people in Colorado and simply receive mockery and anger over the Internet.

In Russia? Well...

A Moscow judge has sentenced the members of Pussy Riot to two years in prison because the group sang a "punk prayer" in the city's main cathedral earlier this year, dancing and marching around while asking the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin, who was elected to a third term as the nation's leader two weeks later.

Despite protests around the world from international rights group - and outcries from artists such as the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Madonna - Judge Marina Syrova explained in her verdict that the three musicians "committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred."

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by Free Britney at . Comments

Madonna performed in Moscow this week and lent her support to embattled punk trio Pussy Riot, as well as to the cause of human unity worldwide.

Despite Elton John claiming her career is over, no one told the raucous Russian crowd as they cheered the Queen of Pop's every controversial move.

Check out her tribute to imprisoned female group Pussy Riot, who were arrested for staging an unauthorized concert a Moscow Cathedral in March:

"As you can see here on my stage, everybody with me comes from every different place in the world," Madonna addressed the crowd mid-show.

"From Africa, from America, from France, from Russia [the crowd cheered in response], from England. We are Christians, we are Muslims, we are Jews."

"We are everything you can imagine," she continued. "But we are a family. We are together. We are gay, we are straight, we are human beings!

"And this very last sentence, human beings, is the most important one, and in fact the only one, that we should refer to each other adds...OK?"

Words to live by, people. Can't we all just get along?

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