Pussy Riot To Be Freed?

The Russian Prime Minister has said that further prison time for the band would be "unproductive" - but is just part of a ploy to distance the government from the courts who sentenced them?

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The Russian Prime Minister has called for members of Pussy Riot to be freed.

Members of the band were jailed for two years after being found guilty of hooliganism when then played an aggressive protest song at a church in May.

Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev said further prison time for the band would be "unproductive". The comments come shortly before their case comes up for appeal on October 1.

However, some observers believe his comments could instead be part of a campaign to show that the courts are independent from the comments of politicians. President Putin recently said "I know what is going on with Pussy Riot, but I absolutely have not got involved."

The judge in the Pussy Riot case said the band committed hooliganism driven by religious hatred, and even claimed that their "jerking of the limbs" during the performance was further proof of their hatred towards Christians.

Apparently their militant feminism was also considered proof of their religious hatred, according to comments from the judge.

Several high profile musicians including Bjork and Paul McCartney have voiced their support for the band - here's to hoping that they get the early release they deserve.

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    Punkhuskie6
    Uhhh...I'm pretty sure Green Day has voiced the most support out of any artists out there. Just today Billie Joe screamed "Free Pussy Riot" right before the breakdown of Holiday while on Good Morning America. They also all constantly wear Free Pussy Riot shirts in interviews and on tv performances and such. Haven't seen Paul or Bjork do that.