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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova speaks to the media after leaving prison in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The third member of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot has been released from custody following an amnesty law passed by parliament. Tolokonnikova left the prison colony in the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Monday, hours after another band member, Maria Alekhina, was released in another region. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov)
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova speaks to the media after leaving prison in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The third member of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot has been released from custody following an amnesty law passed by parliament. Tolokonnikova left the prison colony in the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Monday, hours after another band member, Maria Alekhina, was released in another region. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov)
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(AP) Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot have reunited after spending nearly two years in prison for their protest at Moscow's main cathedral.


Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were scheduled for release in March but were granted amnesty on Monday, that was seen as the Kremlin's attempt to soothe criticism of Russia's human rights record ahead of the Winter Olympics in Sochi in February.


The band's third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released on suspended sentence shortly after all three women were found guilty of hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison in August 2012 for their protest at Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.


Alekhina and Tolokonnikova told reporters on Tuesday they have got together to discuss a human rights project they want to set up together.


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