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Pussy Riot thank supporters: "We go on with our musical fight"

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Pussy Riot have thanked their supporters and vowed to continue their fight for freedom of expression.

Three members of the Russian punk band were jailed for two years last month after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot at a court hearing in Moscow, Russia

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Other members of the band have released a video via NME, in which they burn an effigy of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

"We've been fighting for the right to sing, to think, to criticise. To be musicians and artists ready to do everything to change our country. No matter the risks, we go on with our musical fight in Russia," they said.

"Thank you Madonna, thank you Red Hot Chili Peppers, thank you Björk, thank you Green Day. Thank you to all musicians, activists and everyone around the world who have stood up together to fight for our right to be free.

"Our country is dominated by evil men. These men think it's illegal to call yourself a feminist, to sing punk music. These men think it's illegal to stand up for the rights of the gay and lesbian community.

Madonna performs on stage in Hyde Park, London as part of her MDNA album tour

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

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"These men think that you can't criticise your government. These men think that if you sing and dance in an inappropriate way, you get two years in prison.

"Start the pussy riot and never stop. The fight for freedom is an endless battle that is bigger than life."

The three jailed members of Pussy Riot appealed against their sentence last week. Two members who avoided arrest have since fled Russia.

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