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Moscow City Court mitigates sentence to Pussy Riot members, says no religious hatred

April 04, 2014, 13:07 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The final version of their sentence recognizes them guilty of hooliganism, which did not spark religious hatred
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L) and Maria Alyokhina (R)

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L) and Maria Alyokhina (R)

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MOSCOW, April 04. /ITAR-TASS/. Pussy Riot members did not fan religious hatred during their so-called punk prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in March 2012, and this makes it possible to cut down their prison terms by one month to 23 months, says a decision taken by the Presidium of the Moscow City Court Friday.

The judges partially satisfied the Pussy Riot members' appeal and changed the legal grounds for the guilty verdict.

The final version of their sentence recognizes them guilty of hooliganism, which did not spark religious hatred.

The Prosecutor's Office asked the court earlier to reaffirm the legitimacy of the sentence.

Moscow City's Khamovniki district court ruled that three members of the Pussy Riot group Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterian Samutsevich were guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. All the three women were sentenced to 2 years each in general penal colonies.

October 10, 2012, Moscow City Court mitigated the sentence to Samutsevich, changing her term from the real to a suspended one.

The punishment for Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina remained unchanged but they were released from jail under an amnesty at the end of last year.

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