Two jailed members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot were released Dec. 23 in what they called aPR stunt.
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikovain a move largely viewed as the Kremlin's attempt to criticism of Russia's human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
The women were found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religiousand sentenced to two years in prison for a performance at Moscow's main cathedral in March 2012. (AP)
The Japan Times ST: January 3, 2014