In a surprising development, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has called for the three imprisioned members of the punk band Pussy Riot to be freed.

If you haven't been following the story, three members of the band were sentenced to two years in a Russian prison due to performing an anti-Vladimir Putin protest song in a cathedral.

Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility" and to make a ridiculous situation even worse, there are legitmate reports that the Russian government have been searching for the remaining members of the band who are currently in hiding. According to several reports, Medvedev claimed that the current imprisionment of the three women made him "sick" and also, in his words below, the following statement.

"In my view, a suspended sentence would be sufficient, taking into account the time they have already spent in custody."

This development may very well lead to the three women being released, but it also seems like a ploy from Putin to get the case away from the public eye, and more importantly, away from his own discretion and judgement. It seems like a "good news/bad news" situation, with the three members of Pussy Riot seeing their best chance at freedom, and the Russian government not taking the blame for their own mistakes.