Tuesday, July 29, 2014


Russia

Russian Belatedly Curbs Pussy Riot Sentences

A Moscow court has reduced the sentences of the members of the Russian punk performance-art group Pussy Riot.

The court dropped the "inciting religious hatred" charge against three members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, leaving the hooliganism charge in place.

The three were arrested in 2012 after staging an anti-Putin punk performance in an Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow and sentenced them to two years in jail.

Samutsevich's two-year prison term was later suspended.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were released from jail in December, two months early from their terms as part of an amnesty backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin.

The three women have requested that their case be revised.

The court's April 4 ruling shortened their prison terms, including Samutsevich's suspended sentence, by one month.
 
Based on reporting by Interfax and RIA Novosti

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