Star prays for Russian punk band's release
David Renshaw

09:19 8th August 2012

Madonna spoke of her support for jailed punk stars Pussy Riot last night during a show in Moscow, where she also removed her clothes to reveal the Russian band's name written on her back.

Performing in the Olimpsky Stadium on Tuesday night (Aug 7), Madonna took the chance to address the issue, telling her Russian audience how: "I come from a country where we are free to express ourselves. I have the freedom to express my point of view, even if people don't agree with me, even if my government don't agree with me."

Adding: "I think that these three girls that they have done something courageous and have paid the price. I pray for their freedom."

She later removed her shirt to reveal the words 'Pussy Riot' written on her back. You can see video of the whole thing below.

This incident comes just days after Madonna made comments about the Russian trio, locked up since January after protesting against President Vladimir Putin saying that she hoped for 'leniency' in their forthcoming trial.

Speaking to the assosciated press in Moscow, Madonna said: "I'm against censorship, so I hope that the judge is lenient with them and that they are freed soon."

Other stars to call for Pussy Riot to be freed include Jarvis Cocker and The Who's Pete Townshend. Russian President Putin also spoke of his desire to see the group face a fair trial.

Pussy Riot have been in jail for five months now on charges of hooliganism. They could face seven years in prison if found guilty.

Meanwhile, Elton John has lashed out at Madonna, saying that she dresses like a stripper and that her career is over.

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