Support floods in for Russian punks...

The music world has expressed near unanimous support following news that Pussy Riot are to be jailed for two years.

When Pussy Riot played their first, impromptu show late last year the band could not have realised the fault lines they were triggering. Thanks to the internet, the band quickly became a global phenomenon – a situation which only spiralled after their arrest on charges of hooliganism.

Provoking the ire of Russian authorities with a show in a Moscow cathedral, Pussy Riot have already served five months in detention. Now three members of the group face two year prison sentences, following yesterday’s (August 17th) guilty verdict in the case against them.

The music world has been quick to show its support. Black Keys drummer Patrick Carney tweeted: "FYI. We will never being playing a show in Russia as long as they imprison innocent musicians for speaking their minds peacefully”.

Franz Ferdinand frontman Alex Kapranos added on Twitter: “The #PussyRiot sentence places Russia's corruption & repression on a spot-lit global stage. Congratulations Maria, Katya & Nadia: you won”.

St. Vincent songwriter Annie Clark was quick to make her vehemence at the decision known: “There are not enough expletives to describe the injustice done to #PussyRiot today.My support is with them.Let's figure out what we can do”.

Strangely, punk icons The Sex Pistols have been silent on the case. Clash editor Simon Harper spoke to guitarist Steve Jones on the telephone yesterday, and decided to ask the musician his opinion on the verdict.

“They should have gone on the road to another country and then spoken out. It was kind of silly that they did that really, I mean you’re asking for it when you do something like that really aren’t you?” he questioned. “But on the other hand you’ve got to be grateful that you don’t live in a place that’s like that. Obviously, it’s not cool what’s happened but that’s what goes on in those countries, so they were asking for trouble really”.

The guitarist did admit that he was not fully informed about the case. “I don’t know a lot about them, I’ve heard bits and bobs on twitter about it, but maybe they’re trying to just set an example. But they’ll probably sell some records now. It could be a whole scam- maybe they’re in with the government! You never know…”

Perhaps it’s best to end with a note of support. Canadian group Austra were stunned by the news, and quickly linked through to a video praising the group. Watch it below.

Austra - Pussy Riot Protest Video from Claire Edmondson on Vimeo.

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