Russian court reduces Pussy Riot sentence

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A Russian court has decided to partially grant an appeal by Pussy Riot punk singers, ruling that their 2012 cathedral stunt was not directed against a “social group” and shaving one month off their sentence.

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The three women, Maria Alyokhina, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were convicted in 2012 after staging a protest performance in a cathedral during Vladimir Putin’s presidential campaign.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova spent 22 months in jail before being let out under a general amnesty in December, while Samutsevich received a suspended sentence.

However, they continued to fight the ruling and the Supreme Court ordered in December that the verdict be reviewed.

The Moscow City Court presidium of five judges on Friday ruled that their appeal should be partially granted, with the removal of one small clause from the decision – namely, that their action consisted of “hooliganism motivated by hatred against a social group”.

The presidium also ruled that the original sentence of two years should receive a token reduction to one year and 11 months.

The full original verdict had stated that the “punk prayer” that the women performed in the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour on February 17, 2012, was a gross violation of public order that “disrespected society” and was motivated by “religious hatred”.

It is the mention of religious hatred that had been particularly opposed by Pussy Riot, who said they did not intend to offend religious people.

Lawyer Irina Khrunova said that the defence will still pursue the appeal to the European Court of Human Rights.

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