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Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot is released from jail

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Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina has been released from jail, according to the Guardian on Monday. She was released early under amnesty from a two-year sentence after having protested against President Vladimir Putin.

Alyokhina, a 25-year-old member of the Russian punk rock band, protested in a church against the president some time ago. The news was confirmed by Pyotr Verzilov who is the husband of another Pussy Riot member – Nadia Tolokonnikova, 24, - who is also incarcerated and set to be released under the amnesty. The third member of the band had her sentence suspended previously in 2013.

The women were convicted of hooliganism when they performed in a cathedral against Putin’s connection to the Russian Orthodox Church. The two women being released under the amnesty agreement are said to be released because they have small children.

Though Putin claims that the amnesty - which was passed to mark Russia’s twentieth anniversary of post-Soviet constitution – was not enacted with Pussy Riot in mind, Andrei Tolokonnikova who is the father one of the band members said the release of the two women was a public relations gesture prior to the Olympics in Russia.

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