MOSCOW, April 26 (Itar-Tass) — Art-group Pussy Riot, which demonstrated a punk prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, has gained exactly what they aimed at - popularity, outgoing President Medvedev said in an interview to Russian TV channels on Thursday.
"The participants in what was done have gained exactly what they aimed at - popularity," Medvedev said.
Medvedev, who said during the interview that it was wrong to put citizens behind iron bars for petty offences on the margin of administrative violations and the Criminal Code, declined to comment on remand sanctions against the Pussy Riot administered by the court. "As the head of state I would not comment on the juridical side of the matter because an investigation is going on. I have always refrained from comment until a verdict either of indictment or acquittal was passed," Medvedev said.
Chief of "Dozhd" television Mikhail Zygar addressed the president saying: “You said that dragging a person who poses no threat to society into criminal environment was a systemic mistake. Do you really think that these women pose such a serious threat to society so as to keep them in custody for several months?"
"It was a judge, rather than me who made such a decision," Medvedev replied. "If I start commenting on a judge’s decision, even on problems which arouse public uproar, it would be interference into justice bodies," Medvedev underlined.