Pussy Riot Member Freed From Prison on Appeal. Video Coverage

 

Yekaterina Samutsevich was freed from her two-year sentence. Image via Facebook.

One of the three members of the Russian performance art punk group, Pussy Riot, was released from her two-year sentence today while the other two remain detained. The imprisonment of the three members sparked worldwide human-rights debates after they were arrested for “hooliganism” for staging a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin in Russia’s main Orthodox Church. The group’s protest is said to be not anti-religious, but anti-political, in calling for a cut of the very direct ties between church and government. Yekaterina Samutsevich was freed thanks to clever maneuvering by her attorney. According to the LA Times: “[Her] defense team had argued that she wasn’t even in the church when the protest occurred. Rather, they claimed she was on her way to the cathedral when three Pussy Riot members protested as a way to draw attention to what they viewed as the increasing collaboration between the Russian Orthodox church and the Russian state.”

The other two members remain in prison to serve the remainder of their two-year sentence, and if Putin has his way they will serve the full sentence. “It is right that they were arrested and it was right that the court took this decision because you cannot undermine the fundamental morals and values to destroy the country,” Putin said on Sunday.

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