Freed Pussy Riot Member Claims Release Was PR Stunt

Pussy Riot

The news recently broke that the two remaining Pussy Riot members who were in Russian jail would be released under an “amnesty” bill that Putin was set to sign this past week. Under said amnesty bill, many others were set to be released, including the 30 members of Green Peace who were captured earlier this year.

Shortly after the two women were released, Maria Alyokhina made a statement to Reuters claiming that they were only released as a PR stunt. Why would Russia care about something like that? Something tells me that it has to do with them trying to make themselves look good right before the forthcoming Olympics. It seems that Maria feels this way as well, and you can read what she had to say by checking below.

If I’d had an option to refuse the amnesty, I would have do so without any doubts.

First of all I don’t think it is an amnesty, it is a profanity, because it does not even free 10 per cent of prisoners. Secondly this amnesty does not apply to most [imprisoned] mothers and pregnant women because they are accused of very serious crimes. And the conditions these mothers are being held in do nothing for rehabilitation. So I don’t think this amnesty is a humanitarian act – it’s a PR stunt.

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