Pussy Riot - Jailed Russian Punks May Go Free Under New Amnesty
Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot may walk free from jail this week (begs14Oct13) as part of a proposed new amnesty.
The country's Presidential Human Rights Council has adopted a draft of an amnesty arrangement proposing the release of all prisoners convicted of non-violent crime.
If it gets the green light, it will pave the way for the release of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who are serving two-year sentences for hooliganism.
Council member Kirill Kabanov explains the proposal is to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's constitution. It is due to be submitted for approval by President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday (15Oct13).
Three members of Pussy Riot - Tolokonnikova, Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - were jailed for two years each last year (12) over a controversial protest against Putin held in a Moscow church. Samutsevich's sentence was commuted in October, 2012 and she was set free, but Tolokonnikova and Alekhina remain behind bars and are not due for release in March (14).