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article imagePussy Riot band member released from prison

By Owen Weldon     Dec 23, 2013 in World
A member of the band Pussy Riot, a Russian feminist punk band, was released from prison after President Vladimir Putin granted her amnesty.
Maria Alyokhina, 25, was released from prison on Sunday morning, according to the Daily Mail. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, Alyokhina's fellow band member, is expected to be freed later on today.
According to CNN, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova's releases come about two months before their jail sentences were due finished. Their releases were approved last week after lawmakers in Russia backed a sweeping amnesty law, which was announced by Putin.
According to RT, Alyokhina plans on meeting with human rights activists over in Moscow, as well as her lawyer, Pyotr Saikin.
Alyokhina also denounced her amnesty, and she called it a PR stunt. She went on to say that she will work as a human rights activist.
Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and a third member of the band, Yekaterina Samutsevich were part of a group of masked people who entered a Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral early last year. The group wanted to film in the Cathedral's sacred altar area for a music video.
The band members were then tried for inciting religious hatred, and each member received two years in jail. However, Samutsevich's sentence was suspended because she did not enter the altar area while dancing inside the church.
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