Moscow City Court mitigates sentence for Pussy Riot members

The Moscow City Court presidium on Friday mitigated the sentence imposed on members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, who were convicted for their "performance" in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The Moscow City Court presidium on Friday mitigated the sentence imposed on members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, who were convicted for their "performance" in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The Moscow City Court presidium has sentenced Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina to one year and 11 months in prison and gave Yekaterina Samutsevich a suspended sentence of one year and 11 months, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

The Moscow City Court presidium has ruled to remove from the sentence the words that the convicts' actions were aimed at "fanning hatred or feuds."

In the meantime, a prosecutor asked the court to uphold the sentence imposed on the Pussy Riot members earlier on Friday.

The Supreme Court earlier found violations in the sentence given to Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina and sent it to the Moscow City Court presidium. The case involving Samutsevich, which had received a suspended prison sentence, was also sent to the Moscow City Court presidium.

Five masked women conducted a so-called punk prayer in the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior in late February 2012. A video of the protest was posted on the Internet. Three of the women (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich) were later detained.

In August 2012, the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court sentenced the women to two years in a penal colony for hooliganism. In October 2012, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's punishment to a suspended prison sentence and released her in the courtroom. The sentence handed down to Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina was upheld.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were to walk free in March 2014. However, they were amnestied in December 2013 under an amnesty marking the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. The women said that they intend to campaign for the protection of human rights.

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