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    Fri, 20 Dec 2013 11:29:34

    Pussy Riot Members To Be Freed From Jail - They received early release due to a new law

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    Freedom! What a great holiday present for Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, the two members of female Russian punk collective Pussy Riot who were jailed when they were caught performing and protesting in a Russian cathedral, although we suspect they don't celebrate holidays in any sort of traditional fashion.

    The ladies, whose acts were considered hooliganism and insulting to religion, have been freed from prison. Russian President Vladimir confirmed their release during a news conference on Thursday, December 18, per Reuters.

    Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were released three months early due to a new law that has been drafted. Prisoners who haven't committed violent crimes, first-time offenders, minors and women with small children are granted amnesty from their imprisonment, according to The Associated Press.

    Both women have small children, but were sent to labor camps near Siberia and Putin showed no empathy towards them for their actions. The case gained international attention.

    Pussy Riot are known for political protest and wearing balaclavas on their heads.

    What do you think of the Pussy Riot saga?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    12.20.13



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