Singer Bjork joins ranks of Pussy Riot supporters

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MOSCOW. August 12. KAZINFORM Iceland's eclectic singer-songwriter Bjork has express her support of three jailed members of Russian scandalous Pussy Riot punk band and suggested that they should be set free, RIA Novosti said.

The women, aged between 20 and 30, face up to seven years in prison if convicted on hooliganism charges over their February performance of a "punk prayer" in downtown Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral, calling for then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putin to quit.

"As a musician and a mother I would like to express I fiercely don't agree with them being put to jail because of their peaceful protest performance," Bjork wrote on her website on Friday.

"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..."

Bjork has also invited Pussy Riot to join her on stage to perform a song "which was written for all enhancement of justice."

Bjork joins the line-up of foreign pro-Pussy Riot celebrities, which has grown to include such cultural heavyweights as Madonna, Sting, Red Hot Chilly Peppers, film director Terry Gilliam, songwriter Peter Gabriel, and actor Danny DeVito.

The Pussy Riot case has split the Russian society with some saying the punishment should be harsh and others saying the women only committed an ethical wrongdoing, which should not be punished by imprisonment.

The widely-publicized trial of Pussy Riot members ended on Wednesday in Moscow. The defendants admitted that their performance was an "ethical mistake," but pleaded not guilty to charges of hooliganism.

The verdict will be announced on August 17.

President Putin on August 2 criticized Pussy Riot for their performance but said the punishment for them should not be "too harsh."

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