Pussy Riot Would Have Stayed In Prison If They Could

Russian punk collective calls their release a publicity ploy ahead of the Olympics.

Two members of punk collective Pussy Riot were released from prison in Russia this week, joining a third member who was freed last year. The women, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, gained their freedom via a new amnesty law courtesy of President Vladimir V. Putin, a pardon that they would have rejected given their belief that the law was merely a publicity ploy.

“I was keen to reject this amnesty, but the prison had received an order,” Alyokhina told The Guardian. “That’s why I was brought here. Now I would like to meet human rights activists. And I would now like to deal with the issue of prison. I would like to engage in the human rights activity. Now I’m not afraid of anything anymore, believe me.”

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