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  • Emily Nokes
Members of Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison this morning. You can read more about them and their case here. There are a number of protests being planned all over the world, and tons of musicians and activists have spoken out in support of the women. Billy Bragg wrote this letter to them, Madonna wore their name on her back during a recent concert, and Peaches released this music video. That's just a fraction of the response.

We reached out to some local musicians to see what they had to say about the case and today's verdict.Here' are some of the responses we've gotten so far:

“Utterly unsurprising, but sad nonetheless. If it sheds light on the situation in Russia and causes more people to second guess the legitimacy of their government, then maybe it will have been worth it.” —Jeff McIlwain, Lusine

“By shortening the verdict from 7 to 2 years, the Russian state made (or appeared to make) concessions to international pressure, but any prison time at all is still pretty draconian for what they actually did. Did they deserve to be kicked out or banned from the church? Sure, by trespassing and being otherwise unruly, they knew what they were getting into. But the prison sentence has the silver lining of drawing international attention to the corruption of the Russian state, which the court was complicit in. 2 years is rough, but it could've been much, much worse, and it's still a PR fiasco for Putin. Though given the past failures of protests by the likes of Madonna and Bjork to effect change in human rights abuses in Tibet or Palestine, I doubt anybody really cares what musicians think anymore.” —David Golightly, Midday Veil, Hair and Space Museum, Stenskogen

“The least offensive part is that feminists were thrown in jail, the biggest problem is that political speech is under attack, and the confluence of politics and religion is making it possible to lock up these feminists.” —Luke Beetham, Pony Time

“Frankly, the verdict made me cry. The womyn of Pussy Riot are sheroes. They are doing important work—mixing art and activism. Clearly their sentencing is over the top and politically motivated. Being in an all girl band, the verdict hit home and is very personal. I think of all of the rights and freedoms I have and sometimes take for granted. At times I can complain about patriarchy in rock n' roll; however I know that if I participate in a protest or sit in, I won't be spending two years in prison. Shame on all of the people who did not stand up to help them, fuck church and state.” —Taryn Ren'e Dorsey, NighTraiN

"Imprisoning these women in an effort to silence them could not have been more unsuccessful. Pussy Riot is now bigger than Jesus." —Bree McKenna, Tacocat

"I think it's a shame these women are going to prison. I'm impressed with the international outcry. Mostly I hope that we're learning from it—as women, as a country, as a people." —Christen Greene, local band manager

"It seems clear to me that Pussy Riot's motivation behind the 'church incident' had little or nothing to do with 'religious hatred' and everything to do with choosing a polarizing location to display an obvious dissatisfaction with Putin's stranglehold on the government. It clearly worked. It saddens me that the church goers involved are not outraged by the mistreatment and injustice surrounding the trial. Jesus taught forgiveness and the loving of enemies, two things the modern Church clearly ignores on a regular basis. A true Christian would call for the release of the prisoners and then invite them over for dinner. John Van Deusen, the Lonely Forest

“It is truly unfathomable to me that a peaceful demonstration like that carried out by Pussy Riot could result in a two-year prison sentence. We are incredibly lucky to live in a country that allows and in many cases encourages public discourse and protest. Russia, China and Syria have continually violated what I feel should be the duty of every human being on this planet to stand up to injustice and corruption. I sincerely hope that the global outcry and media attention that Pussy Riot have generated is a wake-up call to Putin and other leaders. Now more than ever, the world is watching.” —Sean Horton, Nordic Soul

“Art happens. Suffering happens. We die. Russia crumbles as does America. Volcanic eruptions render the earth inhospitable for all life, save for possibly the anaerobic bacteria in the darkest reaches of the ocean. Everyone wins.” —Emily Pothast, Midday Veil, Hair and Space Museum

"It goes without saying that I think the 2 year sentence is ridiculous. But what adds insult to injury is the justification of their sentence. Being disrespectful and [emotionally] hurtful to an organized religion/ government is a total joke. It only stands to reinforce the need for Pussy Riot and their message." —Sacha Maxin, Posse