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Pussy Riot members being released from Russian prison early

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Thanks to an amnesty law passed by the Russian parliament on Dec. 18, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, and Maria Alyokhina, 25, the two still jailed female band members from the Russian punk rock group Pussy Riot, will be leaving the confines of their Russian prisons just three months short of serving out their two year sentences on hooliganism charges.

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During a press conference today, Russian President Vladimir Putin confirmed that the girls would soon be released, according to Fox News.

"I was not sorry that they ended up behind bars," Putin said.

"I was sorry that they were engaged in such disgraceful behavior, which in my view was degrading to the dignity of women."

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, along with bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were arrested in March 2012 and eventually sentenced to two years each in prison after performing in Moscow's main cathedral, where they pleaded during a song with the Virgin Mary to save Russia from Vladimir Putin.

Samutsevich was freed after serving six months because she did not actually participate in the anti-Putin protest and the performance at Moscow's main cathedral.

As part of that same amnesty agreement, 30 members from Greenpeace, dubbed the "Arctic 30" who were also imprisoned in Russia on hooliganism charges, should also be home by Christmas.

Welcome home ladies!

Also see:

Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova secretly moved to new penal colony

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