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Pussy Riot Members Might Be Pardoned Under Kremlin Amnesty

December 9, 2013  |  4:45pm
Pussy Riot Members Might Be Pardoned Under Kremlin Amnesty

Jailed Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who have been in prison since August 2012, may receive an early release following the passing of President Vladimir Putin’s new amnesty bill according to The Associated Press.

Reported first by Russian daily news outlet Izvestia, the bill would pardon all “non-violent offenders,” including women with children, which Tolokonnikova and Alekhina both are. Izvestia points out that no specific names have been released, but according to the band’s lawyer, Irina Khrunova, both members would “theoretically” be included by the bill.

Chairman of the Presidential Rights Council Mikhail Fedotov later confirmed that the Pussy Riot members, along with several other Greenpeace activists, could fall under the amnesty bill. Vladimir Vasilyev, deputy speaker of the lower house, supposedly stated that as many as 25,000 others could be freed as part of the bill as will.

A third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, could also be potentially pardoned under the amnesty bill. Samutsevich was released back in 2012 on appeal.

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