Police prepared to check information about journalist's ties to Pussy Riot
MOSCOW, October 1 - RAPSI. The police will consider an application filed by the Nashi movement to look into Novaya Gazeta journalist Yelena Kostyuchenko's possible involvement in the case of the Pussy Riot members who fled Russia, the Interior Ministry's Moscow Main Department told RIA Novosti on Monday.
Meanwhile, Novaya Gazeta Editor-in-Chief Sergei Sokolov called the initiative "nonsense." Last week, Nashi also said they have submitted a request to the department to determine if six women played a role in Pussy Riot's rally at a Moscow church. Earlier, Nashi announced a reward for information about the members of the scandalous punk prayer. The police promised to examine Nashi's application.
On February 21, 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas stood at the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral and performed a protest song titled, "Holy Sh*t." Shortly thereafter, an edited video of the performance was uploaded on to the Internet and incited a public outcry.
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were convicted of disorderly conduct and sentenced on August 17 to two years in prison.
The Criminal Code stipulates a maximum punishment of seven years in prison for the offense. The aggrieved parties have said the custodial sentence should will be replaced by a conditional one.