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If the Russian government thought that by freeing Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina they’d get on the duo’s good side, they were wrong. The two formerly imprisoned members of Pussy Riot have filed a lawsuit against the Russian government in the European Court Of Human Rights, as The Guardian reports. They’re both being represented by the human rights legal group Agora, and they’re claiming that their investigation and imprisonment amounted to torture.

Agora head Pavel Chikov says, “They didn’t get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights. Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all.” They’re seeking 120,000 euros in compensation and another 10,000 in court costs.

Meanwhile, as Gawker points out, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have been awarded the Hannah Arendt Prize For Political Thought, which is given to “people who in their thought and deeds courageously accept the challenge of public intervention” and which comes with a 10,000-euro endowment. Pussy Riot are eating! (Sorry.)

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