Russia Unleashes The Last Two Members of Pussy Riot [VIDEO + PHOTOS]

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Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were set free earlier this morning after spending almost two years in jail, just a few months shy of the scheduled end of their two-year sentence, according to NPR and The Guardian. Yekaterina Samutsevich was released months before after a higher court suspended her sentence.

The good news didn’t stop Alekhina from mouthing off against the state one more time. She claimed that their early releases that came directly from President Vladimir “I Work Better Without a Shirt” Putin’s orders weren’t because of legal technicalities or a well-earned parole. She claimed they were nothing but a “PR stunt” to prepare for the Olympic Games next year in Sochi. She also told reporters that she would have stayed in prison despite the amnesty order but the prison was required by law to release her.

She’s got a point.

Russia has come under immense scrutiny since they won the Winter Olympic bid whether it’s Putin’s dictatorial style or the region’s harsh laws against homosexual behavior, which is a little weird considering they were chiefly created by a guy who prefers not to wear shirts. Of course, the good news is that I live in a country where I can be that kind of a smart ass and not get thrown in jail for it.

Russia is in need of some serious public relations. Their “democratically elected” president has turned the nation ever closer to a dictatorship with his constant stifling of free expression and photo-ops that have him fighting every living creature on the planet except Chuck Norris (for now). They lost a huge amount of credibility in democratic circles when they jailed all three members of the all-girl punk band Pussy Riot for performing what the state deemed to be an act of hooliganism at Moscow’s main cathedral last year. That may be why the two remaining members of the punk band have been set free.

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