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Pussy Riot could be freed under Russian amnesty

Two jailed Pussy Riot members and 30 charged Greenpeace protesters – including Tasmanian man Colin Russell – could be let off under a general amnesty backed by Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to a draft bill.

The Russian parliament on Tuesday published a draft proposal for a prison amnesty that would include Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, albeit three months before their two-year sentences end.

The amnesty proposal applies to those convicted or charged with certain minor offences such as hooliganism.

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