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Madonna To Introduce Pussy Riot Duo At U.S. Amnesty Concert

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January 29, 2014 AT 7:06 AM
Pop icon Madonna said Wednesday she will introduce to the stage two formerly jailed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot when they appear at an Amnesty International concert in New York next week, hailing the pair as "fellow freedom fighters." Maria Alyokhina, 25, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, will speak at the concert organized by the human rights group on February 5 during their first trip to New York since being granted amnesty in December by Russian President Vladimir Putin. They became international symbols for human rights campaigners after being jailed in Russia for nearly two years for performing an anti-Putin song in a church.