Russian PM: Pussy Riot 'should not be in jail'

Punk band Pussy Riot were detained after this performance in Moscow's Red Square
Punk band Pussy Riot were detained after this performance in Moscow's Red Square Credit: Reuters/Denis Sinyakov

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said he believes punk band Pussy Riot should not be in prison, after two members began two-year terms on hooliganism charges, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Mr Medvedev was quoted as saying, "I would not put them in jail if I was a judge. I simply don't consider it right that they serve prison sentences. They have already been in jail long enough".

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