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Russia lifts restrictions on sisters charged in dad's murder

Russia lifts restrictions on sisters charged in dad's murder

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian police are lifting some bail restrictions on three young sisters charged with murdering their abusive father, their lawyer said Friday.

The case elicited widespread outcry after reports emerged that the sisters — 17, 18 and 19 years old at the time — acted after years of being beaten and raped. They were released on bail in September 2018 after two months in custody with restrictions including a curfew and electronic monitoring bracelets.

Some of the restrictions on Maria, Angelina and Krestina Khachaturyan expire Saturday and police have not sought to renew them.

Their lawyer Alexei Lipster was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying one sister's monitoring bracelet has been removed and the other two will be removed on Saturday.

The lawyer said the curfew will be lifted, but the sisters are still prohibited from talking to the media or to each other. They also are prohibited from using telephones or the Internet.

More than 350,000 people signed a petition this year demanding the sisters' release. Women's rights activists rallied in their support both in Russia and abroad.

The case prompted Russian lawmakers this year to start working on a law against domestic violence, something women's rights advocates have been unsuccessfully fighting for since 2016.