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Russia: Pussy Riot Members Remain in Jail

Amnesty International started a sms action campaign calling for the release of three jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot. The women — Nadezhda, Maria and Ekaterina — were detained after performing an anti-Putin song in a church in Moscow back in February. An announcement on their blog [ru] said an anonymous source from the presidential administration confirmed the three women would be set free on July 9. The outcome, however, was very different: the women remain in detention [ru] after the Court refused to consider a letter in their support. Amnesty considers them “prisoners of conscience.”

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