Russia Court Frees 1 Member of Pussy Riot
Two others still facing 2-year sentence are defiant at appeal hearing
By Liam Carnahan, Newser Staff
Posted Oct 10, 2012 6:46 AM CDT
Updated Oct 10, 2012 7:59 AM CDT
Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich stands surrounded by press outside a court in Moscow, Wednesday Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

(Newser) – A trio of judges has freed one of the three members of the Russian activist punk rock group Pussy Riot, while the other two still face up to two years in prison following their raucous anti-Putin protest at the altar of Moscow's main cathedral, reports the BBC. The bandmates were largely unrepentant today, vocally criticizing Vladimir Putin and the Russian justice system even during their appeal. Yekaterina Samutsevich, however, was freed on her contention that guards threw her out of the cathedral before she could remove her guitar from its case.

Bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova denied the charge of political hatred, saying, "it's as clear as daylight that this was a political act, not anti-religious. I ask you to quash this sentence." Maria Alyokhina, meanwhile, warned that if their sentences were upheld, "we won't stay silent—even in Mordovia, or Siberia—however uncomfortable that is for you." She added that their apologies had been ignored, but demands for their repentance are akin to blackmail.

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TonyVentana
Oct 10, 2012 11:25 AM CDT
I'm not sure why she was let go. All of the Pussy Riot demonstrators are guilty as hell of trespassing onto a church service arena.
kawahchan
Oct 10, 2012 10:52 AM CDT
Usually Russian criminal, corrupt Putin f_ckup government plays this kind of petty action to see how the US and the American church react, the other little trick is to break up the punk rock band Pussy Riot. There is no bargaining, the ALL 3 bank members are eligible and qualified to apply their Political Refugee status as like as the political refugees came from North Korea to settle in America. Our American door is always opened to welcome these 3 and familes of the Pussy Riot.
finkster
Oct 10, 2012 10:21 AM CDT
Hopefully all of them are freed, but for the time being Pussy Riot is just "Pus"......waiting for the "sy Riot" to be freed as well.....