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

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".