Jailed Pussy Riot Members Could Be Released Early

Pussy Riot (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

Pussy Riot (NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/Getty Images)

In the ongoing Pussy Riot saga, recent news hints at the two jailed members being released early.

Nearly two years since members of the Russian feminist punk group were detained after speaking out against Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Russian Supreme Court has ordered a review of the August 2012 ruling’s guilty verdicts.

According to The Hollywood Report, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova could be released early due to legal errors in their cases. The two members were originally convicted by a Moscow court for “religiously motivated hooliganism.”

The Supreme Court says there is no proven “hatred” by the women, who are currently serving two year sentences.

“The court did not provide any proof that Tolokonnikova, 24, and Alyokhina, 25, were motivated by hatred toward any social group in its verdict,” the Supreme Court said.

Neither women had previous convictions. Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and fellow bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevitch were arrested on February 17, 2012 after a protest at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Samutsevitch was released on appeal but appeals for her bandmates were rejected.

Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have three months to their sentence.

Musicians including Paul McCartney have been trying to charm Putin into releasing the Pussy Riot members. Earlier this year, he posted an open letter on his website asking Putin to free the two women.

“I have had a long relationship with the Russian people, and, with this in mind, I am making the following request in a spirit of friendship for my many Russian acquaintances who, like me, believe in treating people – all people, with compassion and kindness,” he wrote.

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