Pussy Riot members released from prison

It has been over a year since three members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot, were thrown in jail after performing an anti-Putin song in a Moscow cathedral. Most recently, due to amnesty law the two remaining members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were released today (December 23, 2013).

It is believed that the Kremlin are using a new amnesty bill that the Russian parliament passed last week as a publicity stunt to try and recover any human rights they have left, mainly to look good for the upcoming Winter Olympics.

On Alyokhina’s release earlier today, she stated to Dozhd TV “This is not an amnesty. This is a hoax and a PR move.” Alyokhina went on to say that she would continue fighting for human rights. Then later today, Tolokonnikova was released from a Siberian prison hospital. Both of them were clear on wanting to turn down their release if they were free to do so.

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