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Freed Pussy Riot members vow to continue protesting against Putin

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 01:20

Dec. 23 - Fresh from their release from prison under a new amnesty law, members of Pussy Riot say they will work in human rights and continue protesting against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Nathan Frandino reports.

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After nearly two years in prison, members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are finally free. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was released from her Siberian jail Monday. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) FREED PUSSY RIOT MEMBER NADEZHDA TOLOKONNIKOVA, SAYING: "Nothing has changed in me since I went to prison. I became stronger and more resilient. I hope that now I will be able to change the situation in the country for the better. I will be trying to do that." Her release came hours after fellow bandmate Maria Alyokhina was also freed. They had been sentenced to two years for a profanity-laced protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox church in 2012. The two were released this week under a new amnesty law. Tolokonnikova says the new law is just for show to distract the world from Russia's human rights abuses. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) FREED PUSSY RIOT MEMBER NADEZHDA TOLOKONNIKOVA, SAYING: "They just put on another show ahead of the Olympics. Such is their big desire to prevent all European countries from boycotting our Russian Olympics. But let us remember about all those people who are not talked about and are even forgotten but who still need to come out of their jails as they don't belong here." Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina both plan to continue their protests against Putin and work in human rights.

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Freed Pussy Riot members vow to continue protesting against Putin

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 01:20