Pussy Riot band member Maria Alekhina says she was released from prison

Pussy Riot band member Maria Alekhina. Photo / AP
Pussy Riot band member Maria Alekhina. Photo / AP

Pussy Riot band member Maria Alekhina says she was released from prison against her will.

She's branded her release, and that of bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a publicity stunt.

Both were set free on Monday three months ahead of their planned parole in March as part of an approved presidential amnesty to mark the 20th anniversary of Russia's post-Soviet constitution.

"I do not think it is a humanitarian act, I think it is a PR stunt. My attitude to the president has not changed," she told a Russian TV show.

Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were jailed in 2012 for hooliganism following a protest against Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow church.

A third member of the band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also jailed but was freed in October.

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