Following Madonna, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand, Björk is now the latest international superstar to come out in support of the Russian feminist activists/punk band Pussy Riot. The group is on trial for their guerrilla performance of an anti-Putin “punk prayer” at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, for which the young women could serve three years in prison.
The Icelandic pop star posted a statement on her website, saying:
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’
She also dedicated the song “Declare Independence” to Pussy Riot at her show in Helsinki. The verdict in the trial is scheduled to come down on August 17 and band member Yekaterina Samutsevich has made a moving closing statement excoriating the political theater of the trial and Putin’s government in general. Russian officialdom is categorically unswayed by Madonna. Mr. Putin, will you not listen to Björk?