The announcement came at a marathon presser, where Putin also confirmed a mass amnesty will extend to the Pussy Riot activists.
In 2012, three members of punk group Pussy Riot were detained after an anti-Putin concert in a cathedral in Moscow. Five years later, Pussy Riot will finally perform their "feminist punk manifesto" in Germany.
Maria Alyokhina from the punk group Pussy Riot was prosecuted, imprisoned and later released thanks to a government amnesty. She talks to DW about her work as an artist in the West and her problems in Russia.
A police raid has prompted Olga Romanova, the head of a Russian NGO fighting for rights of prisoners, to quit Russia and take up a job in Germany. The authorities had accused Romanova of embezzling funds.
Two Crimean Tatar activists sentenced for political activities by Russian authorities have been freed after an intervention by Turkey's president. The men were jailed as Moscow clamped down on the separatists.
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