In his interview with BBC, former president Mikhail Gorbachev stated:
"I firmly believe that all of this process is unnecessary nonsence of use to no one. This is not a case for the courts. It should be before the court of public opinion."
On his Facebook, Beatles' Paul McCartney writes:
Dear Nadya, Katya & Masha,
I’m writing to show my support
for you at this difficult time. I would like you to know that I very
much hope the Russian authorities would support the principle of free
speech for all their citizens and not feel that they have to punish you
for your protest. Many people in the civilized world are allowed to
voice their opinions and as long as they do not hurt anyone in doing so I
believe this is the best way forward for all societies. I hope you can
stay strong and believe that I and many others like me who believe in
free speech will do everything in our power to support you and the idea
of artistic freedom.
Wishing you the very best of luck
So far, more than 2 million followers "like" the post and more than 100,000 are talking about it.
A major demonstration is scheduled before the courthouse tomorrow, when the Punk Rock Band members are expected to be handed down prison sentences.