Pussy Riot Band Member Maria Alyokhina Released

Pussy Riot Band Member Released


Pussy Riot band member, Maria Alyokhina, was released from the penal colony in Nizhny Novgorod today. She had been serving two years at the penal colony because she was convicted for her role in a performance which was critical of Vladimir Putin, who was the Russian Prime Minister at the time. The spouse of another band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, confirmed that Alyokhina had been released, as has Alyokhina’s lawyer.

Tolokonnikova’s husband also confirmed that his wife, who is also imprisoned, will be released later on Monday, December 23. The Federal Penitentiary Service in Russia has also confirmed that she will be released.

The release of Pussy Riot’s band members was agreed upon and approved last week. That was when a broad amnesty law was unanimously passed by Russian lawmakers in the lower house of parliament, the State Duma,and signed into law by President Putin.

According to Alyokhina’s lawyer, Pyotr Saikin, in a statement to Interfax, her first move will be meeting with human rights activists in Moscow.

Russia has been the subject of critical media coverage after some of its stances against allowing homosexuals to compete in the upcoming Winter Olympics to be held there in Sochi this February.

Some people believe that the release of the two members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are meant to be a sign that Russia wants to be seen as trying to improve its record on human rights violations.

What law were the band members of Pussy Riot found guilty of breaking?

Pussy Riot’s band members held the performance that was critical of Putin in 2012 at a Russia’s Christ the Savior cathedral. They were found guilty of “hooliganism” and inciting religious hatred because of their “punk prayer” act and were sentenced to a two-year jail term.

Pussy Riot was making an anti-government music video there which was later released on the Internet. Pussy Riot’s band members were voicing their criticism of the Russian Orthodox Church for having backed Vladimir Putin during the 2012 election.

According to the news agency RIA Novosti, the reason that the two members of Pussy Riot qualified for amnesty was that they both had young children. If they hadn’t been pardoned, the two band members had been scheduled to be released from prison in March 2014.

A court suspended a third member of Pussy Riot, Samutsevich’s, sentence because she hadn’t entered the cathedral’s altar area like the other two had when they danced in the church.

The actions of Pusy Riot’s band members has been praised by many international musicians, such as Sting, Yoko Ono, and Madonna, who have labeled them as being artistic freedom fighters.

A poll of Russians showed that the majority of them approved of the prosecution of Pussy Riot’s band members. Just 15 percent, according to the poll, thought that they should receive no punishment. However, the majority of the people polled thought that the performance did not warrant a prison term for the band members, but rather compulsory communal work or a fine.

The amnesty of Pussy Riot’s band members was meant to mark the Russian Constitution’s 20th anniversary. It covered approximately 25,000 people, including 30 members of Greenpeace and political activists who rioted in May 2012 in Moscow’s Bolotnaya Square.

Written by: Douglas Cobb

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One Response to "Pussy Riot Band Member Maria Alyokhina Released"

  1. Hans   October 15, 2015 at 3:56 pm

    This article is purely to make Putin look bad. It is written here that they were jailed as they criticised the government, then it is stated that the one girl was not jailed as she did not enter the altar area, but certainly she was also critical of Putin and the government. On that basis the reasoning in this article is rubbish.

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