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Alyokhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media after her release from a penal colony in Nizhny Novgorod

Maria Alyokhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media after her release from a penal colony in Nizhny Novgorod December 23, 2013. Alyokhina walked free from jail on Monday under an amnesty allowing her early release from a two-year sentence for a protest in a church against President Vladimir Putin. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: POLITICS CRIME LAW)

Pussy Riot members walks free from jail

Yahoo NewsDecember 23, 2013

Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both of them described as Kremlin's public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were granted amnesty law last week, which was largely viewed as the Kremlin's attempt to soothe criticism of Russia's human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February. (AP)

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