Beastie Boys, Sting, and Madonna among musicians coming out in support of jailed Russian band Pussy Riot

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This one’s a doozy, so let’s start from the top.

Pussy Riot, a feminist-punk outfit in Russia that has become famous for donning colorful ski masks and staging activist-minded performances in public, have gone from rock rebels to political prisoners of the state. (There songwriting and performances tend to focus a number of issues, most often government oppression and women’s rights.)

Their crime? Criticizing Vladimir Putin — the man who has more or less been in control of the country since 1999.

Putin’s camp has always been rather wary of the women in Pussy Riot, but things hit a boiling point last February, when the band took to the altar of Russia’s main church, Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, and held an impromptu “punk prayer service” that included chants like “Mother Mary, put Putin away.”

Someone did end up getting put away, but it wasn’t Putin: PR members Maria Alyokhina, 24, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 29, were arrested and charged with “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility,” and their trial began Monday in Moscow.

They face up to seven years in prison.

And as you might imagine, the incident has triggered international outcry — and widespread support from a number of well-known names in music.

Early adopters Faith No More, actually invited the remaining unincarcerated members of Pussy Riot on stage during a show in Moscow. And members of Red Hot Chili Peppers and Franz Ferdinand have also made their views clear to the press and on Twitter

Please show your support for the jailed members of the band Pussy Riot, even if you are not a fan of their music,” FF singer Alex Kapranos tweeted. And RHCP frontman Anthony Kiedis wore a Pussy Riot t-shirt during his band’s show in Moscow last Sunday; both he and Flea have sent letters of support to the jailed rockers’ parents.

Elsewhere, Beastie Boy Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz made an appearance at a Pussy Riot benefit last month, Sting called the situation “appalling,” and Peter Gabriel also issued his own letter of support.).

Madonna, meanwhile, who’ll be playing Russia next week, has told the Russian press that she was “sorry” to hear about Alyokhina, Tolokonnikova, and Samutsevich’s imprisonment.

Today marks the trial’s second day, and we’ll keep you updated on major developments.

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