But the court knocked only one month off their two-year
sentences, upholding a charge of hooliganism.
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova spent nearly two
years in prison after performing a protest song against Putin in
Moscow's main cathedral in 2012.
Many in the West criticized the harshness of the sentence,
saying it was evidence of a clamp-down on dissent.
The two protesters were released in December, three months
before completing their sentences, under an amnesty to mark the
20th anniversary of Russia's constitution.
In the same month, Russia's Supreme Court ordered a review of
their case, saying that lower courts overlooked mitigating
factors, and did not provide evidence of a portion of the
verdict that says they were motivated by "hatred of a certain
The latest court ruling means the two remain convicted of
hooliganism, a charge that carries up to seven years in prison.
(Reporting by Jason Bush; editing by Ruth Pitchford)
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