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One Member of Pussy Riot Released from Jail

One of the convicted members of Pussy Riot has been freed by a Moscow court; however, the other two members had their two-year jail terms upheld.

One of the convicted members of Pussy Riot has been freed by a Moscow court; however, the other two members had their two-year jail terms upheld.

Yekaterina Samutsevich had her term suspended prompting cheers in the court.

During the hearing all three members spoke defiantly saying that their protest song was political and not anti-Church.

In August Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after they staged an anti-Kremlin protest in Moscow’s main cathedral.

The hearing’s judges accepted Samutsevich’s lawyer’s argument that she had been thrown out of the cathedral before she had been able to remove her guitar from its case to play the band’s “punk prayer.” When the decision was read out she was hugged and cheered by her fellow band members.

The other two members will be continuing with their appeal and Samutsevich has vowed to continue fighting for them.

Despite heavy international criticism, Putin appeared on television last week saying that “it’s right that they were arrested, it is right that the court took that decision, because you can’t undermine the foundation of morality”.

Opinion polls in Russia show the sentence is generally supported with one poll finding that 43% of people think it is too lenient.

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