One Member Of Pussy Riot Freed After Appeal

However, the other two imprisoned members have had their two-year jail sentences upheld.

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One of the three convicted members of Russian punk collective Pussy Riot has been freed.

The BBC reports that there were cheers in court when the two-year jail term of one of the women, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was suspended.

However, the other two women, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have had their jail terms upheld after their appeal today (October 10).

The three Pussy Riot members received two-year prison sentences on August 17 after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they were arrested following an anti-Putin gig in Moscow's main cathedral.

Judges today accepted the argument of Samutsevich's lawyer that she had been thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could remove her guitar from its case for the band's "punk prayer". The other band members cheered and hugged Samutsevich when the decision was read out.

Pussy Riot's imprisonment has sparked condemnation across the world, with a raft of musicians including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul McCartney calling for them to be released. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also said they should be freed.

Earlier Alyokhina told the hearing: "We're all innocent... the verdict should be overturned. The Russian justice system looks discredited." Speaking about the group's protest earlier this year, she said "Of course we didn't want to offend worshippers".

She added that the trio's apologies had been ignored, but that they would not repent, as it is a personal matter and not one connected with the legal case. "For us to repent - that's unacceptable, it's a kind of blackmail," she said.

Thanks to NME for the report.

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    Battery Chicken
    Putin used to be a lieutenant colonel in the KGB. I'm certain if there weren't so much publicity surrounding these girls they'd be digging their own graves in Siberia by now.
    Hm. So Putin locked in those girls to scare rebelious youth of Russia that want to change their own country. So now he'll play the nice one-the poster-boy for democracy.Gross.
    Those Ruskies sure are tough on hooliganism. Don't want their people to have too much fun.....or any at all for that matter.
    Did anyone see the VMA's this year? Green Day's rhythm guitar player Jason White was wearing a T-shirt that read 'FREE PUSSY RIOT'. It was pretty great. Plus Billie Joe has been yelling 'FREE PUSSY RIOT!' whenever he can. Hell, he yelled that while performing on Good Morning America! But all in all, I hope they'll be freed. Punk's don't deserve imprisonment. Up yours Putin.
    so what makes her different from the other two, who are still in jail? why exactly was SHE freed? there must be more to this, or the Russian justice system is worse than i thought.
    She was probably the bass player and so not considered an important part of the band...
    Not only can Bass players not get ass like the rest of the band but they can't even get jail time like the rest of the band.....tragic.
    They are lucky the KGB isn't still running Russia otherwise they probably would be missing right now and not facing a couple years in jail. You dont goto the biggest cathedral in Moscow and hold a protest against the President of your country just common sense. Not saying don't protest just do it in the appropriate place.
    "Judges today accepted the argument of Samutsevich's lawyer that she had been thrown out of the cathedral by guards before she could remove her guitar from its case for the band's "punk prayer"." Read.
    Was supposed to be a reply to Camron62\m/. F*ck this buggy comment system.
    Is it just me or does the guy in the pic not look too happy about the smell of that pussy?
    Listen, they have commited a crime, they have act like children in a church. I know Putin isn't good but what they where doing wasnt good to!
    Funny how they can lock them all up at once with the sentence, and with the appeal being done, they let them go 1 at a time.... the system works so weird.
    Appeals are done individually, luckily since she was thrown out it would be hard to get the charges to stick, this happens commonly. The other two unfortunately had their appeals denied meaning the original charge sticks.
    its not a 2 year "prison" sentence... they are being sent to a work-camp. sick...
    actually, US inmates have to work (collecting litter and such along the highways) so it really isn't fair to attack Russia on those grounds. Although it's pretty ****ed up they're there in the first place.