Putin agrees to release jailed Pussy Riot members as part of amnesty bill

Putin agrees to release jailed Pussy Riot members as part of amnesty bill

Russian President Vladimir Putin has announced that he will free two jailed members of punk feminist group Pussy Riot as part of a broader amnesty program in the lead-up to the 2014 Winter Olympics. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 for participating in an anti-Putin “punk prayer,” part of what’s seen as a larger crackdown on protest and political speech. Now, they’re expected to be free several months ahead of the end of their sentences, released alongside the “Arctic 30,” a group of crew and protesters on a Greenpeace ship who were jailed after ignoring orders to stay out of a Russian shipping route. The decision was all but final yesterday, when Russia’s parliament  passed a… Continue reading…

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Putin agrees to release jailed Pussy Riot members as part of amnesty bill

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