Monday, April 21, 2014   

Freed Pussy Riot woman sinks claws into Putin
(12-23 15:39)

Russia freed one of the jailed members of punk band Pussy Riot whose almost two-year incarceration for a performance against President Vladimir Putin prompted global outrage.
The release of Maria Alyokhina from her prison in the city of Nizhny Novgorod under a Kremlin-backed amnesty was expected to be followed by that of her bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova from detention in Siberia.
The two young women were convicted for their “punk prayer" in a cathedral.
Alyokhina used her first interview after release to slam the amnesty as a mere publicity stunt, and said that she would have preferred to remain in prison.
“I don't think it's an amnesty, it's a profanation,'' she told the Dozhd television channel, saying it only applied to a tiny minority of convicts. “I don't think the amnesty is a humanitarian act, I think it's a PR stunt.''
“If I had a choice to refuse [the amnesty], I would'' have done so, she said.—AFP
   
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