Russia: Freedom to imprisoned Pussy Riot members

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were among those prisoners released on a general amnesty on 23 December 2013. Among the criteria for amnesty were those in prison for non-violent offences and mothers of young children.


“We didn’t ask for any pardon. I would have sat here until the end of my sentence because I don’t need mercy from Putin,” Maria Alyokhina told the New York Times after her release.

NME – 4 January 2014:
Pussy Riot documentary on Oscar shortlist
‘Pussy Riot: A Punk Prayer’ are among the documentaries that have been shortlisted for this year’s Academy Awards in the United States.

NME – 28 December 2013:
Pussy Riot say they still want to topple Vladmir Putin
Punk collective say their attitude has ‘not changed’ towards Russian President

NME – 27 December 2013:
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: ‘We are not Pussy Riot now’
The former inmates will be starting a prisoners’ rights group

NME – 24 December 2013:
Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina speaks about group’s future
The Russian activist was freed from prison yesterday (December 23)

The Guardian – 24 December 2013:
Freed Pussy Riot rockers say they will continue to rock Russian system (video)
Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot who were freed from prison Monday will continue to be a headache for President Vladimir Putin’s government, they told CNN.

The Guardian – 23 December 2013:
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova freed from Russian prison (VIDEO)
Her release follows that of fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, who has dismissed the amnesty as a PR stunt

NME – 23 December 2013:
Both members of Pussy Riot released from jail
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has called for a boycott of the upcoming Russian held Winter Olympics

The Guardian – 23 December 2013:
Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina released from jail (VIDEO)
Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, is freed early from prison under an amnesty. Speaking to the media shortly after her release from the prison camp in Nizhny Novgorod on Monday she dismisses the prison amnesty as a PR stunt and says she would have refused to leave jail if that had been an option.

The Guardian – 23 December 2013:
Freed Pussy Riot members say prison was time of ‘endless humiliations’
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova say they want acquittal from Vladimir Putin, not amnesty

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