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2 Pussy Riot members released from prison

December 23, 2013 • Entertainment


Nadezhda’s Tolokonnikova speaks to the media after leaving a prison in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The third member of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot has been released from custody following an amnesty law passed by parliament. Tolokonnikova left the prison colony in the eastern Siberian city Krasnoyarsk on Monday, hours after another band member, Maria Alekhina, was released in another region. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov)

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (AP) — The last two imprisoned members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot walked free Monday, criticizing the amnesty measure that released them as a publicity stunt, with one calling for a boycott of the Winter Olympics to protest Russia’s human rights record.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty last week in a move largely viewed as the Kremlin’s attempt to soothe criticism of Russia’s human rights record before the Sochi Games in February.

“I’m calling for a boycott of the Olympic Games,” Tolokonnikova said. “What is happening today — releasing people just a few months before their term expires — is a cosmetic measure.”

The amnesty — part of a wide measure passed last week by the parliament — and President Vladimir Putin’s pardoning last week of onetime oil tycoon and political rival Login to read more

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