Oct 10, 2012
By Scott Walker
An appeals court in Moscow has freed one of the jailed members of the punk bank Pussy Riot, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others.
All three women were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.
They argued in court this morning that their impromptu performance inside Moscow’s main cathedral in February was political in nature and not an attack on religion.
The judge ruled that Yekaterina Samutsevich’s sentence should be suspended because she was thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could take part in the performance.
The verdict against the three was widely condemned in the international community as an illustration of Putin’s intolerance of dissent.