Russia

Madonna Asks for Leniency for Pussy Riot

"I'm against censorship, so I hope that the judge is lenient with them and that they are freed soon," she said.

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Madonna has voiced hope that three feminist Russian rockers on trial for performing a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin are released soon.

The pop star told the AP during her concert tour of Russia that she supports freedom of speech and hopes the judge will show leniency.