Russia: Pussy Riot member freed, two others to remain in prison

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Russia:

Pussy Riot member freed, two others to remain in prison

On 10 October 2012, a Moscow appeals court freed one of the jailed Pussy Riot members, 30-year-old Ekaterina Samutsevitsj, but upheld the two-year prison sentence for the two others who are to serve remainder of their sentences in penal colony.


All three women were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin.

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 band’s lawyers will continue their to effort to see all three women have their convictions overturned. They can, and say they intend to, take their complaints to the European court system if necessary, and to the supervising Moscow City Court Presidium in Russia for further appeals.

“Disproportionate”

The penalty of two years imprisonment has been criticized heavily by human rights organizations and several Western countries. In an interview aired three days earlier, marking the Russian President Vladimir Putin’s 60th birthday, he defended the sentences on the three members of Pussy Riot: “It is right that they were arrested and it was right that the court took this decision because you cannot undermine the fundamental morals and values to destroy the country,” he said.

The penalty for the two members is “totally disproportionate”, said the Danish Foreign Minister, Villy Sovndal, in a comment on the ruling: “The trial is a worrying sign of respect for freedom of expression in Russia. In an open democracy, there must be room for criticism and artistic expression,” he said.

Huffington Post – 10 October 2012:
Yekaterina Samutsevich, Pussy Riot Member, Free On Appeal In Russian Court

Moscow News – 10 october 2012:
One Pussy Riot Member Freed by Moscow Court

CBS News – 10 October 2012:
1 member of Pussy Riot freed on appeal in Russian court, 2 others to remain in prison

BBC News – 10 October 2012:
Pussy Riot case: One defendant freed in Russia

Rapsi News – 10 October 2012:
Two hour video of the court case (in Russian language)

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