Pussy Riot Members To Be Freed Under New Amnesty

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

Russian lawmakers approved the final version of an amnesty today that will free Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who are both currently serving two-year sentences.

The State Duma, or lower house of parliament, made modifications to the amnesty, and then approved it. The law passed unanimously, according to the state news organization RIA Novosti.

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