Jailed Pussy Riot members could be freed under Kremlin amnesty bill

The two jailed members of Pussy Riot could be released under an amnesty bill submitted by Russian president Vladimir Putin.

The Kremlin-friendly Russian newspaper Izvestia reported yesterday that the bill would apply to band members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina (pictured above, left and centre), who are each serving two years in prison on “hooliganism” charges after their protest gig at Moscow’s main cathedral last year.

The bill posted by the Kremlin doesn’t contain names, and there has been no official confirmation that Tolokonnikova and Alekhina could be released.

However, Tolokonnikova’s husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told the The Voice Project that both women would be freed.

“It’s from the Kremlin and official already, they will be freed,” he said, adding, “We do not know yet when this will happen, because it is unclear when the bill will be voted by the Duma and how fast it will be applied to prisons – could be from two weeks to two months until they are freed.”

The bill applies to women who have children and have not committed violent crimes. Both the jailed Pussy Riot members have children.

Izvestia said the bill would also apply to the ‘Greenpeace 30’, crew members of a Greenpeace ship who were detained after their protest against a Russian oil drilling in the Arctic.

Last month Tolokonnikova was transferred to a Siberian jail and later hospitalised, apparently in connection with the hunger strike she embarked on in September at a prison colony in Mordovia where she had been serving her sentence. [via Guardian; Al Jazeera]

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