Pussy Riot fans have a powerful ally in the form of the Russian Prime Minister in Moscow. Speaking out on Friday against the duration of their imprisonment for hooliganism charges filed against them in August, Medvedev said that the band members had suffered enough for their offense.
Russia’s prime minister said Friday the women in the Pussy Riot punk band serving two-year prison sentences should be set free, while a band member’s husband tried to visit his wife in jail in a central Russian region known for its gloomy Stalinist-era gulags.
Three members of the band were convicted on hooliganism charges in August for performing a “punk prayer” at Moscow’s main cathedral during which they pleaded with the Virgin Mary for deliverance from President Vladimir Putin.
One of them, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on appeal last month, but the other two, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, were sent to prison camps to serve their sentences.
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