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Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists to be freed under Russian amnesty
Dec19

Pussy Riot and Greenpeace activists to be freed under Russian amnesty

LAST UPDATED // Thursday, 19 December 2013 10:35 Written by // Cec Busby

A Bill initiated by Russian President Vladimir Putin was voted on, and passed in the State Duma yesterday, (495-0) and looks set to provide amnesty to members of Pussy Riot and Greenpeace, who had been charged with hooliganism.

The Bill could provide amnesty to up to 25,000 prisoners who had been jailed in recent months for acts of protest. Putin is hoping the amnesty will improve Russia’s standing in the global community after criticisms on its record of human rights.

The arrest of members of girl punk outfit, Pussy Riot, for performing a ‘punk prayer’ criticising Putin, earned headlines across the globe. Two members of the all-girl-group were imprisoned with hard labour and have nearly completed serving a two year sentence.

Irina Khrunova, the lawyer for Pussy Riot members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, expected the women could be freed from prison in the next two days. According to Khrunova once the law is published “they have the right to leave”.

The Bill’s amnesty is also expected to cover the 30 Greenpeace demonstrators who were arrested in September after protesting oil drilling in the Russian Arctic.

“From what was heard, it was quite likely that all 30 members would fall under the amnesty,” Ivan Blokov, the Greenpeace Russia program director told the New York Times. “But before having the material on paper, it is hard to be sure.”

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Cec Busby

Cec Busby

Cec Busby is the news editor of SX and GayNewsNetwork.com.au.

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