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Pussy Riot's Alyokhina wants to help human rights

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 00:28

Dec. 23 - Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina walks free from her prison, says she is not afraid of anything and wants to pursue a career in human rights. Rough Cut (No Reporter Narration).

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ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Pussy Riot punk band member Maria Alyokhina walked free from jail on Monday, immediately dismissing the Kremlin's amnesty that granted her early release as a stunt that would not change her attitude to President Vladimir Putin. Alyokhina, 25, one of two women serving two-year sentences for a profanity-laced protest against Putin in a Russian Orthodox church in 2012, was released under the amnesty the president has said would show the Russian state is humane. They were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their "punk prayer" criticising Putin's ties to the Church, and had been due for release in March. Alyokhina smiled as she left detention in the company of her lawyer and told Reuters she was feeling well. She said that had it have been possible for her to refuse the amnesty, she would done so out of solidarity for those still in jail and that she now planned to lobby for prisoners rights. "I was keen to reject this amnesty, but the prison had received an order that is why I was brought here," she told Reuters. "I would like now to deal with the issue of prison, I would like to engage in human rights ... I'm not afraid of anything anymore - believe me." Fellow Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has also been freed from jail under the amnesty. A third band member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released last year when a judge suspended her sentence on appeal. The sentences of the two women were due to end in March but their early release comes under an amnesty agreed by the Russian parliament. The amnesty is widely seen as attempt to avoid controversy overshadowing the Winter Olympics in February.

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Pussy Riot's Alyokhina wants to help human rights

Monday, December 23, 2013 - 00:28