Monday, November 18, 2013

Madonna calls on Vladimir Putin to release campaigners being held in Russia



Madonna left LAX this afternoon where she opted for a private security screening, instead of enduring the regular ones for mortals. lol
Madonna has become the latest star to call on Vladimir Putin to release the 30 Greenpeace crew members jailed after a protest against oil exploitation in the Russian Arctic.
The group, including six Britons and former Mirror journalist Kieron Bryan, are being held in St Petersburg on hooliganism charges carrying a maximum seven year sentence, after being moved from a bleak detention centre above the Arctic Circle.
In a message to Greenpeace, the singer said: "These 30 people are in prison in Russia for staging a peaceful protest in the Arctic.
“Let your voice be heard. Let’s bring these people home.”
It is her latest intervention in Russian politics after she last year demanded the two jailed Pussy Riot singers should be released, and handed out pink ribbons at a St Petersburg concert in opposition to legislation banning homosexual propaganda.
Madonna spoke out after Sir Paul McCartney last week revealed a personal letter to the Russian leader urging him to allow the activists and several journalists to be home for Christmas.
David Cameron has also urged Mr Putin to treat the so called “Arctic 30” fairly.
Madonna's message came on the same day Greenpeace protesters gathered at petrol stations across the UK, also asking for the group's release.
Campaigners targeted Shell outlets following reports that the company is to join with Russian oil giant Gazprom in drilling off the Arctic shore.