Pussy Riot singer released from jail

Pussy Riot singer Yekaterina Samutsevich: "When I entered the Christ the Savior Cathedral, I really wanted to stage an action. I did not want to insult worshipers." Source: AP

Pussy Riot singer Yekaterina Samutsevich: "When I entered the Christ the Savior Cathedral, I really wanted to stage an action. I did not want to insult worshipers." Source: AP

Pussy Riot singer Yekaterina Samutsevich has been freed from custody today.

Pussy Riot singer Yekaterina Samutsevich has been freed from custody today.

Earlier she said that she did not intend to insult religious people's feelings when she came to the Christ the Savior Cathedral, and she apologized.

"When I entered the Christ the Savior Cathedral, I really wanted to stage an action. I did not want to insult worshipers. I respect all religions and all believers. If we unwillingly insulted any of the worshipers, we apologize," Samutsevich said in court on Wednesday.

The motive behind the action was political, not religious, she said.

Samutsevich had earlier rejected her defense lawyer over disagreements, and said that she would use other defense lawyers' services.

The defense lawyer for Pussy Riot singer Yekaterina Samutsevich has denied reports there is a split within the punk group.

"They are a close-knit team, as before. Look how the girls, who remained in custody, congratulated Katya [Samutsevich]. They were pleased at hearing the news," Irina Khrunova told reporters.

"Katya is happy, too. Imagine how a person must be feeling after being released from prison," she said.

Khrunova said her client will observe all restrictions imposed on her by the court. "She will not change her place of residence and she will regularly report to the police," Khrunova said.

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