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Pussy Riot Members Officially Freed From Prison

Both denounce amnesty as a PR stunt

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two remaining members of Pussy Riot incarcerated in the Russian prison system for “hooliganism”, were officially released from prison this morning under the terms of a widely publicized amnesty bill, according to CNN.

But spending nearly two years behind bars has apparently not quelled the defiance of either inmate, nor their disdain for Vladimir Putin. Immediately upon release, both Pussy Riot members decried the amnesty as a PR stunt to improve Putin’s image on the eve of the Winter Olympics, rather than the humanitarian act the Russian government declared it to be.

Upon her release, as NME reports, Alyokhina referred to the amnesty as a “profanity”, saying that she would have refused amnesty had she been given the choice. In like manner, Tolokkonnikova emerged from her Siberian prison hospital with the shout, “Russia without Putin!”, according to the BBC. Both Pussy Riot members have pledged to work in the human rights movement.

Russia is slated to host the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi in February, causing that nation’s human rights record to come under fresh scrutiny.

(Photo: Denis Bochkarev/Wikimedia)


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