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Published: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 4:30:01 PM
Updated: Monday December 23, 2013 MYT 4:31:06 PM

Freed Pussy Riot member dismisses Putin's amnesty as 'PR stunt'

Maria Alyokhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media at a train station in Nizhny Novgorod December 23, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Maria Alyokhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media at a train station in Nizhny Novgorod December 23, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Maria Alyokhina, a member of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot, dismissed a prison amnesty that led to her early release on Monday as a 'PR stunt' and said she would have refused to leave jail if that had been an option.

"I do not think it is a humanitarian act," Alyokhina said of the amnesty, which was initiated by President Vladimir Putin, in comments to Russian internet and TV channel Dozhd. "I think it is a PR stunt."

(Reporting by Alissa de Carbonnel; Writing by Steve Gutterman)

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