Madonna to introduce freed Pussy Riot members at New York benefit gig

Pop icon says she will be 'honoured to introduce her fellow freedom fighters'

Madonna to introduce freed Pussy Riot members at New York benefit gig

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Madonna is set to introduce members of Pussy Riot at a forthcoming benefit gig in New York, it has been announced.

The singer will bring the recently freed band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova onstage for the show at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on February 5. The gig being held in aid of Amnesty International, will also feature performances from The Flaming Lips, Imagine Dragons and Lauryn Hill.

The singer said in a statement on her official website Madonna.com:"I am honoured to introduce my fellow freedom fighters Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. I have admired their courage and have long supported their commitment and the sacrifices they have made in the name of freedom of expression and human rights."

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were imprisoned in March 2012 after being convicted for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for Pussy Riot's staged protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, Madonna joined Miley Cyrus onstage last night (January 28) for a recorded performance for an MTV Unplugged special. During the recording in Los Angeles, Cyrus was joined by Madonna for a mash-up of the pop icon's hit 'Don't Tell Me' and Cyrus' own 'We Can't Stop'.

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