Russian court to rule in Pussy Riot member case

A Russian court will today consider whether one of the jailed Pussy Riot band members is eligible for early release as she has served a half of her two-year sentence.

Pussy Riot band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Credit: Reuters

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has been in custody since her arrest last March, is serving the sentence for the band's irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral.

Tolokonnikova and two other female members of the punk band were convicted last year of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an anti-Putin performance at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.

One of the women, Yekaterina Samutsevich, has had her sentence suspended on appeal.

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