Pussy Riot Members Could Be Freed This Week

Maria Alekhina (left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikov. Photo via Earth First!

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, currently serving a two-year prison sentence, could be freed by the end of the week under a new amnesty, their lawyer said today.

Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, unanimously approved the amnesty proposed by Russian President Putin on the first of three required readings today

“According to the draft law passed today, my clients will be freed,” lawyer Irina Khrunova said in a phone interview with Bloomberg News.

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And for a strange story in which Russian officials discussed Tolokonnikova’s beauty via Twitter, head here.

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