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Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina today released from Krasnoyarsk prison camp

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of now infamous Russian punk activist group, Pussy Riot, has today been released from a Krasnoyarsk prison camp after having served almost two years in prison for “hooliganism” following a performance and small peaceful protest in a Russian Church. She is the last of the imprisoned Pussy Riot members to be freed as Maria Alyokhina was freed earlier today and Yekaterina Samutsevich having been freed in October of last year following an appeal.

The group released the following statement:

“We all recognize that the whole amnesty program is a PR move by Putin, likely of course a bit of image clean up prior to the Olympics, said Hunter Heaney, Executive Director of The Voice Project, an organization that has worked behind the scenes for the women’s release and worked together with family members to keep the Pussy Riot women safe and monitored while they were in the camps, raising over $120,000 for the support efforts. “Amnesty being “granted” to two women put in prison for a 40 second song performance, who would have been released in a mere couple of months, after missing nearly two years with their young children and loved ones is, of course, absurd. Last minute amnesty does not make up for that or the rule of law denied to so many others by the Putin regime and our thoughts are with them today. However, we are so happy that Nadya and Masha are safe, have come through this ordeal healthy and strong, and two young mothers will now be getting to see their children. A very large community of activists and donors around the world have worked hard to help to see that happen.”

More information here at voiceproject.org

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