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Member of Pussy Riot Set Free

Yekaterina Samutsevich has Jail Term Suspended

Oct 10, 2012 Pussy Riot Bookmark and Share


A court appeal of Pussy Riot‘s two-year prison sentence has resulted in the release of one of the convicted members. The BBC reports that Yekaterian Samutsevich has had her two-year jail term suspended, with Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova remaining to serve out their sentence in a Russian prison colony.

The members of the punk collective were arrested earlier this year for staging a protest in Moscow’s cathedral Christ the Saviour, convicted in August of “hooliganism incited by religious hatred.” The judges apparently had accepted the argument of Samutsevich’s lawyer that Samutsevich had been thrown out of the cathedral by security before she could remove her guitar from its case and take part in the band’s “punk prayer.”

Though thankful for Samutsevich’s release, the women’s defense lawyer, Mark Feigin, said he would continue to appeal for Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova’s release.

Some of the remaining members of Pussy Riot recently posted a new protest video, continuing their message, and thanking their supporters.



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