Pussy Riot to be released from jail, leaked amnesty bill suggests

1 Posted by - December 12, 2013 - Blog, Performance, Sound

Rumblings out of Russia point to a possible imminent release of jailed Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

According to Russian media reports, the Kremlin is planning to release 1,300 people from prison as part of an amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.

A leaked draft of the amnesty bill, obtained by several Russian media organizations, suggests individuals convicted of politically-motivated charges, such as “hooliganism” and “participation in riots and attempts to incite rioting”, will be eligible for release. Another 23,500 people will be relieved of non-custodial sentences or have their criminal proceedings terminated.

Alekhina and Tolokonnikova are currently scheduled to be released in March 2014, having been sentenced to two years in jail for performing a “punk prayer” in a Russian Orthodox cathedral in protest against President Vladimir Putin and his close ties to the church.

Today the Russian Supreme Court ordered a review of the case against the activists, finding lower courts failed to provide full evidence of their guilt and ignored mitigating factors.

(Top image from Flickr user shivaelektra.)

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