Russian court upholds jail for two Pussy Riot members, frees third

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Posted: Oct 10, 2012 6:47 AM
Russian court upholds jail for two Pussy Riot members, frees third

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian appeals court on Wednesday upheld the two-year jail sentences handed down to two members of punk band Pussy Riot for a protest against Vladimir Putin in a cathedral but freed a third member by suspending her sentence.

A Moscow City Court judge said the court was leaving the sentences in place for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, and issuing a suspended sentence for Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova; Writing by Steve Gutterman)