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.
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.
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.
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