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Remaining Pussy Riot Members to Be Freed From Prison

Thanks to a New Russian Amnesty Law

Dec 19, 2013 Pussy Riot
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Excellent news today for Pussy Riot. A year after Russian punk band/performance art collective members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were jailed on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after a performance in a Moscow church, they will be set free from prison. (a third jailed member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, appealed her sentence.)

The reversal comes due to a new Amnesty Law passed with President Vladimir Putin’s support, that grants leniency to non-violent/first-time offenders, and to parents of small children. Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have small children.

“I was not sorry that they [the Pussy Riot members] ended up behind bars,” says Putin. “I was sorry that they were engaged in such disgraceful behavior, which in my view was degrading to the dignity of women.”

(Via: CoS)



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