A member of Pussy Riot punk group, Maria Alyokhina, on Monday morning left penitentiary #2 in Nizhny Novgorod where she was serving her sentence, Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of another Pussy Riot member, told Interfax.

"At about 9:10 a.m. Maria left the penitentiary. With her lawyer Pyotr Zaikin she is now driving to the railway station from which she will travel to Moscow by train," Verzilov said.

The amnesty declared by the State Duma on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution applies to Alyokhina who was sentenced to two years for participation in a scandal-making punk performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

Meanwhile, Alyokhina's lawyer Pyotr Zaikin confirmed to Interfax that in the morning he witnessed the release of his client.

"Alyokhina is now on her way to the railway station," he said.

Zaikin said his client does not know yet when she is going to return to Moscow.

"Probably, she will remain in Nizhny Novgorod for some time. She planned to hold several meetings. For instance, today she can be met at the Committee against Torture," the lawyer said.

In February 2012 five members of the Pussy Riot group staged what they called a punk prayer in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow. A video of the event was posted in the Internet. Later the police detained three participants in the action - Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich.

In August 2012 a district court sentenced them to two years of confinement for hooliganism. Later the Moscow city court changed the punishment of Samutsevich to suspended and released her but upheld the sentences of Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova which expire at the beginning of March 2014.

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