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Leaked Document Indicates Putin Will Release Pussy Riot Members

Maria Alyokhina (left) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

It now appears that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot are likely be pardoned on December 12th as part of a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution, the Russian newspaper Izvestia reports.

In total, some 25,000 prisoners will be pardoned including 30 or so Greenpeace activists, Izvestia reports.

Izvestia is basing the news on a draft of an amnesty bill by Russian President Vladimir Putin that has been submitted to the Russian parliament that the newspaper obtained.

Although the bill does not name individuals, according toe the draft version, among those who will be pardoned are women who have young children and who have not committed violent crimes. That would include Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina.

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