December 20, 2013

Pussy Riot's Prison Break

Michael Weiss, Newsweek

The Associated Press

On Wednesday, the State Duma, the lower house of Russia’s parliament, unanimously passed an amnesty bill that will free thousands of prisoners, including some of the country’s highest-profile detainees. Said to commemorate the 20th anniversary of Russia’s post-Soviet constitution—a document that has otherwise been parodied, besmirched and ignored by Russian President Vladimir Putin—the new law will lead to the release of Mikhail Khodorkovsky, once Russia’s richest man, and two women of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot.

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