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12/13/2013 08:39 EST | Updated 02/12/2014 05:59 EST

Pussy Riot Case Review Ordered By Russian Supreme Court

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FILE - In this Friday, July 26, 2013 file photo Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, right, a member of the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, is escorted into a courtroom at a district court in Saransk, 640 km (400 miles) southeast of Moscow, Russia. Russia?s human rights ombudsman says imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been transferred to a prison in Siberia. Rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin told Russian news agencies on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, that Tolokonnikova is in a medical unit at a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia. He did not name the prison, but said official notification of her whereabouts would be sent to her relatives and lawyers soon. (AP Photo)
MOSCOW - Russia's Supreme Court has ordered a review of the case against two jailed members of the Pussy Riot punk band saying that a lower court did not fully prove their guilt.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were found guilty of hooliganism motived by religious hatred in August 2012 following an impromptu protest in Moscow's main cathedral, and sentenced to two years in prison each. Samutsevich was released several months later on suspended sentence.

The Supreme Court said in a ruling published Thursday that the lower courts overlooked the women's circumstances that would have allowed for a more lenient sentences.

Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are scheduled for release in March, but it is unclear if they will be set free earlier by a lower court reviewing their case.

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