Report: Kremlin amnesty could apply to Pussy Riot

MOSCOW (AP) — A Russian newspaper says the jailed members of the Pussy Riot band could be released under a Kremlin amnesty.

The Kremlin-friendly daily Izvestia said Monday the amnesty bill submitted by President Vladimir Putin would apply to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who have been sentenced to two years in prison on hooliganism charges for their irreverent 2012 protest at Moscow's main cathedral.

The bill doesn't contain names, and there has been no official confirmation that Tolokonnikova and Alekhina could be released.

The bill posted by the Kremlin applies to women who have children and haven't committed violent crimes. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina both have children.

Their lawyer, Irina Khrunova, told ITAR-Tass they could fall under amnesty but that it would only be clear after it is passed by parliament.

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