Pussy Riot member released from prison

MOSCOW (AP) — A jailed member of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot has been released from prison.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in prison for an impromptu performance at Moscow's main cathedral in March 2012.

Pyotr Verzilov, Tolokonnikova's husband, said Monday that Alekhina has been released from prison under an amnesty that allowed her earlier release.

Verzilov's wife and Alekhina bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is expected to be released this week.

The Russian parliament passed an amnesty bill last week, allowing the release of thousands of inmates. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova qualify for amnesty because they have small children.

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