by Hilton Hater at

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.

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by Free Britney at

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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