Pussy Riot band member released from jail, 2 others held

A Moscow court will allow one of the three women in the punk band Pussy Riot to walk free, while her bandmates remain in jail.

The Russian trio was jailed in August on counts of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” after holding an anti-government protest performance in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour church.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, was freed Wednesday during an appeal, after arguing that she was ejected from the church by a guard before she even got her guitar out of its case. Meanwhile, her bandmates, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, will remain in prison to serve two-year sentences.

Pussy Riot’s treatment has sparked condemnation from Western governments and from other musicians, most notably Madonna, who displayed the words Pussy Riot on her back during a Moscow concert.




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