Protestors at the Russian Embassy in Dublin this afternoon have asked the Government to lobby for a more lenient treatment of punk rock band Pussy Riot.
Three members of the punk rock band were jailed for two years last week in Moscow after being found guilty of hooliganism.
The group had staged a protest in a cathedral against the Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Labour Senator John Whelan would like the Irish government to intervene.
Senator Whelan said: "It was a disproportionately harsh response to what was just really a public protest, and I don't think we'd tolerate it here.
"I think that there would be certainly nothing wrong with the Department of Foreign Affairs expressing their concern and making representations on behalf of the girls in the band so that perhaps they could be released and that some leniency and common sense could prevail.
"What would be wrong with that?"