RUSSIAN SUPREME COURT TO REVIEW PUSSY RIOT SENTENCE

Dec 13, 2013

By Scott Walker

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Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot.

The high court says a lower court did not fully prove their guilt.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August 2012 following an impromptu protest in Moscow’s main cathedral. Their protest was against the government of Vladimir Putin, and critics charge that they were persecuted by the Putin regime.

The three performers  were sentenced to two years in prison each. Samutsevich was released several months later on suspended sentence.

The Supreme Court says the lower courts overlooked the women’s circumstances that would have allowed for a more lenient sentences.

Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are scheduled for release in March.

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