Two members of Pussy Riot lose appeal

A Russian appeal court has upheld the two-year prison sentence given to two members of feminist trio Pussy riot by a court in August, and has freed a third member of the group.

 Yekaterina Samutsevich
Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich received a suspended sentence Credit: Reuters

A Moscow City Court judge said the court was leaving the sentences in place for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina but issuing a suspended sentence for Yekaterina Samutsevich.

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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.