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Freed Pussy Rioter will speak out on Putin

Oct. 13, 2012 at 11:28 AM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Oct. 13 (UPI) -- A member of the Russian band Pussy Riot says she will keep speaking out against President Vladimir Putin even though it could send her back in prison.

Yekaterina Samutsevich said she was well aware she had been released from prison this week under a suspended sentence, and was still technically guilty of the charges that had landed her in jail.

"They didn't overturn the verdict, they didn't say I'm not guilty -- they gave me a suspended sentence," Samutsevich told the British newspaper The Guardian. "If I do the slightest thing (wrong), even an administrative violation, they can send me back to jail."

Samutsevich told the newspaper she promised her two bandmates still behind bars she would continue the band's vocal opposition to Putin's government but would have to be "more careful and more clever" to avoid another arrest.

Pussy Riot has become a high-profile symbol of internal opposition to Putin. Samutsevich and two other members were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after a politically charged performance at a Moscow cathedral.

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