Yekaterina “Katya” Samutsevich — one of the three Pussy Riot members jailed for two years for 40 seconds of dancing to an anti-Putin protest song in church – has been freed, while Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will serve out their sentence.

Yey? Don’t confuse technicality-maneuvering with justice. As Maria says,

“We’re all innocent… the verdict should be overturned. The Russian justice system looks discredited.”

Before today’s appeal, Katya had fired her lawyer Violetta Volkova and took on a new legal defense strategy. At a conference in New York, Volkova explained to ANIMAL why Katya was sentenced to two years with the others, even though she never actually made it to the altar and was apprehended before she could commit the “crime” of “hooliganism with the intent to incite religious hatred” in miming a punk song and “praying, jumping or shouting expletives” – they were being tried collectively. She also boasted that Katya was the reigning feminist punk ideologue of the group.

At today’s appeal, Katya re-emphasized that the protest was anti-Putin and not anti-church. Katya also finally argued that she hadn’t actually participated in the altar happening. That is not the same as recanting the protest all together, but it’s sad that to escape this bombastically unjust sentence, Katya was forced to disassociate herself with it’s central action of the protest.

We love to see Katya free, but as Forbes puts it: “Freeing Samutsevich is like taking three exaggerated steps backward and then taking a halting half-step forward.”

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