Former Yukos head Mikhail Khodorkovsky has said he is happy to know that the amnestied Pussy Riot punk band members have been freed.

"I know that the last months have been a living hell for you, and I am happy to learn that this torture, unworthy of a European country in the 21st century, has ended," Khodorkovsky said in an address to Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, available on his press secretary's Facebook account.

Khodorkovsky called on Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova not to become embittered after the hardships of their imprisonment.

"Releasing political prisoners makes those in power at least a little more humane. What is probably most important for you now is to find the strength not to keep any hatred and anger in your hearts, after your ordeals of imprisonment," Khodorkovsky said.

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