Church spokesman: Pussy Riot should get a chance to mend their ways if they 'repent'

Ahead of Pussy Riot's appeal, senior church spokesman, Vladimir Legoida, said the band;s stunt "must not remain unpunished whatever the justification," but that any repentance, if expressed, should be taken into account.

The church sincerely wishes for the repentance of those who desecrated a holy place, certainly it would benefit their souls.

If any words of the convicts indicate repentance ... we would wish that they are not left unnoticed and those who violated the law get a chance to mend their ways."

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One Pussy Riot member freed

A member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has been freed by a Moscow court for staging an anti-Kremlin protest in a Moscow cathedral, but two other members have had their two-year jail sentence upheld.