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Bjork Declares Support For Jailed Russian Punkers Pussy Riot

The singer pledges to one day bring the group onstage to perform "Declare Independence," her human rights anthem.

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Add Bjork to the list of artists who are making their support heard for the jailed punk-rock trio from Russia known as Pussy Riot.

The Icelandic singer posted a message of solidarity with the women -- who face up to seven years in a gulag for "hooliganism" -- to her website on Friday.

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Entitled "Statement in Defense of Pussy Riot," Bjork writes, "as a musician and a mother I would like to express I fiercely don't agree with them being put to jail becausae of their peaceful protest performance."

"Im my opinion," she continues, "the Russian authorities should let them go home to their families and children."

Bjork also extends them an invitation to appear with her on stage, saying, "I would like to invite Pussy Riot to join me in a particular song on stage which was written for all enhancement of justice. (You can guess once which one.)"

The song she is referring to is "Declare Independence" from her third album Volta. The singer has used it repeatedly in live performances to declare her affiliation with certain political causes. She sang it at a Tokyo concert in 2008 to express her support for Kosovo's declaration of independence, leading a tour stop in Serbia to be cancelled. 

That same year, Bjork also shouted "Tibet! Tibet!" repeatedly, followed by a command to "Raise your flag!," during a performance of the song in Shanghai, earning a statement of denouncement from China's Ministry of Culture.