Russian Prime Minister: 'Pussy Riot are unpleasant - but they shouldn't have been sent to prison'

Dmitry Medvedev says that custodial sentence was too harsh

Russian Prime Minister: 'Pussy Riot are unpleasant - but they shouldn't have been sent to prison'

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has described the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot as "unpleasant women" – but still insists that they shouldn't have been sent to prison.

Last month (September 9), Medvedev said that the jailed members of the punk collective should be released and that the two-year prison sentences they received for staging a punk prayer in a Moscow cathedral was unfair.

Since then, one of the three incarcerated women, Yekaterina Samutsevich, has been released on appeal after her lawyers successfully argued that she hadn't even managed to take her guitar out of its case before being kicked out of the cathedral.

The two remaining band members, however, have been separated and sent to prison camps far away from their families. The conditions in the camps are reported to be brutal, with the other members of Pussy Riot calling them "the harshest camps of all the possible choices".

According to the Daily Telegraph, Medvedev has spoken out again about the sentences the band members received and said: "These are unpleasant figures, both on the outside and on the inside. They provoke extremely negative emotions in me, so unpleasant that I don't even like to talk about it.

"But if I was a judge I wouldn't have sent them to prison. Just because I don't consider it correct that their punishment was in the form of a custodial sentence. They'd already been [in pre-trial detention], and that was enough."

Yesterday (November 2), it was reported that Pussy Riot have found themselves the subject of an episode of cartoon South Park. The episode, which according to Wall Street Journal pokes fun at people of rallying behind cause celebres without thinking about what they are supporting, showed Jesus wearing a 'Free Pussy Riot' t-shirt - watch a clip of it below.

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