Pussy Riot Rockers Released from Jail
They were thrown in jail for hooliganism and religious hatred after performing a song that targeted President Vladimir Putin and earlier today (December 23) two members of the punk band Pussy Riot were granted early release.
According to a report, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty and let go early from their two-year prison sentence. Bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich was previously released a few months after the initial March 2012 incident.
Tolokonnikova continued to blast the Russian government, telling press, “I saw this small totalitarian machine from the inside. Russia functions the same way the prison colony does,”
And Alekhina stated that she would have preferred to stay in jail to deny the administration their attempt to seem more kind-hearted. “If I had a chance to turn it down, I would have done it, no doubt about that. This is not an amnesty. This is a hoax and a PR move.”