One Member of Pussy Riot Freed

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One Member of Pussy Riot Freed

The BBC has reported that the Moscow court of appeals has freed Yekaterina Samutsevich, one of the members of Pussy Riot. The two-year sentences were upheld for the band’s other two members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

In August, the band was sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism incited by religious hatred” after expressing anti-Putin and anti-church sentiment during performance in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour cathedral.

Samutsevich’s lawyer argued that his client had been thrown out of the cathedral before the band could perform the controversial “punk prayer” that initially landed the trio in jail in March.

“We’re glad that Yekaterina Samutsevich has been freed,” said Mark Feigin, one of the band’s lawyers, “but we think the other two girls should also be released”

Feigin continued to say that they would continue the appeals process.