U.S. pop diva Madonna said while addressing a crowd of her fans during the concert in Moscow that she “prays” for the three jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band in Russia.
“The three girls - Masha, Katya, Nadya - I think they have done something courageous. I think they paid the price and I pray for their freedom,” she told thousands of her fans at the Olimpiisky Stadium.
“I have the right to express my point of view,” Madonna said adding that she prayed for others to have the same freedom and then she resumed with her highly-theatrical performance wearing a mask like the one Pussy Riot members wore during their event.
Madonna’s concert at the Olimpiisky stadium is part of the current MDNA tour, which covers 26 cities around the world.
Yoko Ono tweeted a message to Putin telling him he was making a mistake.
"Mr. Putin you are a wise man & don’t need to fight with musicians & their friends," the artist and widow of John Lennon wrote on her Twitter account.