ANDREY SMIRNOV

After three members of Russian feminist punk rock group Pussy Riot were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and sentenced to two years in prison for voicing negative opinions about Russian President Vladmir Putin, the music world was outraged. According to the Associated Press, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is now calling for the trio of women to be freed, adding that keeping them in jail is "unproductive."

Pop stars from all over the globe banded together in support of the women after their sentencing, with Madonna in particular highlighting the absurdity of the case. Medvedev speaking out could prove to be helpful for Pussy Riot when the band's case is up for appeal on October 1.