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Russian amnesty proposal could free Pussy Riot early; Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to spend rest of sentence in hospital

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
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Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will spend the rest of her two-year prison term at a hospital in the Krasnoyarsk region, a news report said Monday.

Tolokonnikova made the request herself after she had been examined at the hospital, which is run by the prison, and the authorities will now decide what job to give her while she is there, Itar-Tass reported.

Tolokonnikova’s lawyer said her client was feeling well and has joined the hospital’s band.

Her sentence is set to run until March 2014, but her lawyer thinks that she could be released earlier under an amnesty planned for this month in honor of the 20th anniversary of the Constitution.

A draft of the amnesty is currently under consideration by the State Duma and is expected to be passed on Wednesday. It could come into effect by the weekend. – [The Moscow Times]

In other, more hopeful Pussy Riot news, CBS reports that the Russian Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, saying that the lower courts didin’t provide full evidence of their guilt and “overlooked mitigating factors.” Factors like their youth and that they both have young children — the latter being an item in the proposed Amnesty which is expected to be passed this Wednesday (12/18). Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina’s sentences will be up in March, 2014.

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