Pussy Riot should be freed: Medvedev

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said on Wednesday he thought three Pussy Riot punk band members should be freed from prison following their conviction last month for a profanity-laced protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. Western governments and singers such as Madonna condemned their two-year jail terms as excessive and their lawyer Nikolai Polozov said Medvedev’s comments indicated the government was concerned about the level of criticism it has faced. “A suspended sentence, taking into account time they have already spent (in jail), would be entirely sufficient,” Medvedev said in televised remarks. (…) The comments by Medvedev, who was president for four years until May, appeared designed to disassociate him from the jail terms, which were also condemned by domestic rights groups, liberal Russians and opponents of President Putin.Nadezhda Tolokonniko va, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred on Aug. 17 after belting out a song criticising Putin, then prime minister, in Moscow’s main cathedral in February. They have been in jail since March and their appeal against the verdict and two-year jail terms is due to start on Oct. 1.

via nationalpost: Pussy Riot should be freed: Medvedev

siehe auch: Free Pussy Riot, urges Medvedev .Russian prime minister condemns anti-Putin stunt by feminist punk group but says prolonging imprisonment is ‘unproductive’. Dmitry Medvedev, the Russian prime minister, has called for the three jailed members of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to be freed. But Pussy Riot’s supporters quickly dismissed the prime minister’s statements, noting his long history of appealing to Russia’s more liberal demographic while failing to follow through on delivering results. In televised remarks about the band on Wednesday, Medvedev said he was “sickened by what they did, by their looks, by the hysteria that followed what had happened”. Three members of the radical anti-Kremlin punk collective were sentenced to two years in prison last month on charges of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after performing a song criticising Vladimir Putin in Russia’s official cathedral. The case sparked a global outcry and highlighted the crackdown on the opposition inside Russia. But Medvedev said he believed the women should be freed early. “The prolongation of their incarceration in the conditions of jail seems to me to be unproductive,” he said. “A suspended sentence, taking into account time they have already spent [in jail], would be entirely sufficient.”

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