Members of the female punk band Pussy Riot (Reuters)

Pussy Riot case up for review in Russia

Russia's Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against the imprisoned members of the group

Katie McDonough
December 13, 2013 8:07PM (UTC)

Days after it was announced that a possible amnesty deal may lead to the release of the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, Russia's Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, arguing that a lower court did not conclusively prove their guilt.

Tolokonnikova, Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of hooliganism "motivated by religious hatred" in 2012 after staging a protest against Vladimir Putin. They were each sentenced to two years in prison, but Samutsevich was released on a suspended sentence.


As the Associated Press reports, the Supreme Court said in its ruling that the lower courts "overlooked the women's circumstances that would have allowed for more lenient sentences."


Katie McDonough

Katie McDonough is Salon's politics writer, focusing on gender, sexuality and reproductive justice. Follow her on Twitter @kmcdonovgh or email her at

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