BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND - JULY 19:  Madonna performs during her MDNA Tour at The NIA Arena on July 19, 2012 in Birmingham, Englan
Dave J Hogan

One week after protesting St. Petersburg's anti-gay laws at her concert and 24 hours after being sued for doing exactly that (apparently defending gay rights has a $10 million price tag), Madonna is lashing out against the Russian government for its decision to sentence punk protesters Pussy Riot to two years in prison.

In the first line of her blunt appraisal of the sentencing, Madonna highlights the ridiculousness of their punishment, pointing out they will be behind bars "for two years for a 40 second performance extolling their political opinions." Despite being an entirely factual statement, it effectively points out the absurdity of what happened to these three women: They slammed their president for 40 seconds, and now they'll spend approximately 438 hours in jail for every second of that performance. Insane? Well, yeah.

"Even if one disagrees with the location or how they chose to express themselves, the sentence is too harsh and in fact is inhumane," Madonna said. "I call on all those who love freedom to condemn this unjust punishment. I urge artists around the world to speak up in protest against this travesty. They've spent enough time in jail. I call on ALL of Russia to let Pussy Riot go free."

Boom! Russian justice system just got served by Madonna. Although to be honest, there's no way "ALL of Russia" is going to join her in demanding these women have their just freedom. After all, this is a country where nine people are suing her for urging audience members to treat gay folk with "respect, tolerance and love." It's a good bet that segment of the population isn't terribly broken up about the fate of a band called Pussy Riot.