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Dec 23, 2013 5:50 AM by Associated Press

Pussy Riot members released from prison

KRASNOYARSK, Russia (AP) - The third member of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot has been released from custody following an amnesty law passed by parliament.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova left the prison colony in the eastern Siberian city Krasnoyarsk on Monday, hours after another band member, Maria Alekhina, was released in another region.

The amnesty that enabled their release is seen as the Kremlin's attempt to soothe criticism of Russia's human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.

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