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That tweet, sent out this morning, roughly (Google-) translates to:

“The liberated Kat sends super-combat greetings and once again emphasizes that there is not the slightest split in our group!”

In an unexpected move, a Moscow court has freed Pussy Riot guitarist Yekaterina Samutsevich on the grounds that she was unable to get her guitar out of its case and join the performance before getting tossed out of Moscow’ main cathedral by guards. From Yahoo:

“The punishment for an incomplete crime is much lighter than for a completed one,” said Samutsevich’s lawyer, Irina Khrunova. “She did not participate in the actions the court found constituted hooliganism.”

Her bandmates, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, had their two-year prison sentences upheld, much to the disappointment of human rights groups.

“To see these two women sent to a Russian penal colony for the crime of singing a song undercuts any claim that Putin and the Russian government have to democracy and freedom of expression,” Suzanne Nossel, executive director of Amnesty International USA, said Wednesday in a telephone interview from Washington.

Yekaterina’s freedom seems to have been the result of good legal advice. The Atlantic explains:

Thanks to her new lawyer and the good sense to ditch her former legal team, Yekaterina Samutsevich became the first member of Pussy Riot to walk free Wednesday.

Khrunova’s success today makes Samutsevich’s decision to fire her legal team on October 1 look like a great one. At the time Samutsevich’s call seemed like a curveball; no one really knew why she’d dismissed her three lawyers.

A quotable from The Guardian‘s coverage of the news:

“We don’t have and have never had any religious hate,” Tolokonnikova said. The band’s performance was political and not religious, she argued.

And for balance, The Onion brings out a classic:





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