Pussy Riot member vows more protests

2012-10-11 09:00
Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, centre, smiles as she speaks outside a court in Moscow. (Sergey Ponomarev, AP)

Freed feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich, centre, smiles as she speaks outside a court in Moscow. (Sergey Ponomarev, AP)

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Washington - A member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot freed unexpectedly from prison on Wednesday vowed defiantly hours later that the group's protest actions would continue.

"We are not finished, nor are we going to end our political protest," Yekaterina Samutsevich told CNN. "We have to act in such a way that they do not learn about concerts ahead of time and arrest us."

Samutsevich, aged 30, Maria Alyokhina, aged 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, aged 22, were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for performing illegally at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in February.

Calls to free the women, who were given two-year prison sentences, came in from world figures from Madonna to Myanmar democracy icon Aung San Suu Kyi, but Samutsevich's release was a big surprise.

Samutsevich said efforts by the Russian authorities to divide the group would not work and that her "negative" attitude toward President Vladimir Putin and his "mega authoritarian project" remained unchanged.

No religious hatred


"The situation in the country has deteriorated since our performance and the trial itself is a testimony to that," she said in an interview on CNN's Amanpour, billed by host Christiane Amanpour as the first since Samutsevich's release.

Samutsevich said she had been treated well in prison and that Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were "holding up very well" despite being "very, very upset" at being separated from their young children.

"They congratulated me, they were very happy for me and they wished me all the best," she said.

Samutsevich said she didn't know how things would play out, but stressed that it was important the Russian people understood there was no religious hatred or animosity driving their protests.

"This was a political action aimed at the authorities, at the convergence of religious and political powers and I want people to understand that," she said.

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