In a shocking PR move, Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev called for the release of three Pussy Riot collective members currently serving two years in a gulag-lite for dancing in a church, singing an anti-Putin song and taking a theatrical stand against Putin and the Church’s corrupt, incestuous relationship.

Meanwhile Medvedev said that the women’s appearance and the international “hysteria” surrounding the case made him ill, but it’s no longer necessary to keep them in prison, since they’ve already served months awaiting trial.

The appeal comes up on October 1st. President Putin’s own human rights ombudsman called the ruling “excessive” and now his PM, the ex-prez and alleged Putin puppet goes against Putin’s wrath to defend the art punks? Oh my.

“In my view, a suspended sentence would be sufficient, taking into account the time they have already spent in custody,” Medvedev said on a televised broadcast.

So, what’s the deal here? Is Putin still puppeteering Medvedev to demonstrate the mercy and benevolence of the Kremlin while remaning Mr. Macho Man, because that flying with cranes thing was embarrassing and it’s better to be feared than laughed at? Or is the bromance over?