Madonna's Russian Tour Death Threats Were Real

Madonna has never been one to hold her tongue, and became synonymous with the controversy surrounding Russia’s homophobic legislation and harsh treatment of anyone speaking out against the system by speaking out on stage.

Madonna

The singer has been in support of the band, which saw two of its members imprisoned in 2012 for performing a protest song against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.

"I've always considered myself a freedom fighter since the early '80s when I realised I had a voice and I could sing more than songs about being a material girl or feeling like a virgin,” she told the crowd after she introduced Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at the Bringing Human Rights Home Amnesty International concert at New York City's Barclays Center.

“And I have definitely paid for and have been punished for speaking my mind and for sticking my neck out for this kind of discrimination. But that's OK." Russian activists Alekhina and Tolokonnikova (via a translator) added: "Freedom is not a given. It is something we have to fight for every day. It is our duty to speak for those who are still behind bars."

Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in prison back in 2012 along with a third band member, Yekaterina Samutsevich. Samutsevich's sentence was commuted in October, 2012 and Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were released as part of an amnesty in December. Russia finds itself steeped in controversy on the eve of the Sochi Olympics.

Many commentators have spoken out against anti-gay laws still in place in the Eastern European country. And tensions are sure to mount as millions of eyes will fix firmly on Sochi over the coming months.

Maria Alyokhina Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy RiotMaria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot


Contactmusic

Tags: Madonna - Pussy Riot


Editors Recommendations

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Some bands are worth getting excited about and, with the festival season well under way...

MS MR Admit They're 'Natural Performers' As They Enjoy 2014's Festival Season

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Miley Cyrus is still receiving hospital treatment for "severe allergic reaction...

Miley Cyrus Forced To Cancel More 'Bangerz' Tour Dates As She Remains Hospitalized

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Peaches Geldof, who suddenly died at the beginning of this month (April 7th)...

Peaches Geldof Will Be Laid To Rest In Same Church As Late Mother

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On "The Voice"

We never would have pegged Gwen Stefani as the reality talent panelist type...

Gwen Stefani To Step In For Christina Aguilera On

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help "X-Men" Marketing

As X-Men director Bryan Singer is gearing up for his defense case, which he will have...

Bryan Singer Announces Alibi, But It Won't Help

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Prince and Warner Bros, Records seem to have put their differences aside...

Prince To Release New Album With New Warner Bros. Records Partnership

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

Lindsay Lohan really did write down her now infamous list of lovers, which has been...

Lindsay Lohan's Ex List Was Actually A Step In Her Recovery

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

The news that a Mrs. Doubtfire sequel is definitely in the works 21 years after the 1993...

'Mrs. Doubtfire' Cast Reluctant For Sequel: A Cash Cow For Robin Williams?

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga "Hardest Artists To Understand"

Music fans have named Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus and Rihanna in their top ten hardest...

Music Fans Crown Ozzy Osbourne And Lady Gaga


More recommendations

Comments

Madonna Newsletter

Subscribe to this news alert service to receive news and reviews on Madonna

Unsubscribe | Unsubscribe All