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article imageHusband of Pussy Riot activist says 2 members could go free

By Gene Kosowan     Dec 9, 2013 in World
Moscow - Pytor Verzilov, husband of imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, announced he was told by "reliable sources" that two members of the band could be free once an amnesty bill is passed.
“It’s from the Kremlin and official already, they will be freed,” said Verzilov to The Voice Project on Tuesday. “We do not know yet when this will happen, because it is unclear when the bill will be voted by the Duma and how fast it will be applied to prisons – could be from two weeks to two months until they are freed.”
The bill, drafted by Russia's president Vladimir Putin, could free up to 2,000 prisoners, reported the BBC. they include jailed Pussy Riot members Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were sentenced to two years imprisonment for hooliganism after staging a protest in a Moscow church in 2012. Also affected could be 30 members of Greenpeace who were arrested in 2012 after trying to scale an offshore drilling platform in the Pechora Sea.
The Duma, which has a majority of Putin supporters, are expected to pass the bill, which was hinted at a week earlier by Putin.
"I agree," the president said in televised statements, "that such actions must be pacifying, must emphasise the humanity of our state."
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