Pussy Riot case to be reviewed in Russia

by Rachel Baker on December 13, 2013

Apparently, the Russian Supreme Court is saying the lower court could not fully prove the band’s guilt. Let’s not forget that in our December 10 story, Putin is planning amnesty that could release these two band members. Its hard not to wonder if this is the way Putin can save face and not have to offer them amnesty.

Russia’s Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August 2012 following an impromptu protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.

They were sentenced to two years in prison each.

Samutsevich was released several months later on suspended sentence.

The Supreme Court said in a ruling published on Thursday that the lower courts overlooked the women’s circumstances that would have allowed for more lenient sentences.

http://www.aljazeera.com/news/europe/2013/12/pussy-riot-case-be-reviewed-russia-201312139263560723.html

The Russian Amnesty story from December 10:
http://www.the-local-news.us/news/pussy-riot-and-arctic-30-hope-for-russian-amnesty/

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