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Pussy Riot member complains about former attorneys

10:45 11/12/2012

MOSCOW, December 11 - RAPSI. Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has filed a request with the Moscow Region law chamber to assert influence over attorneys Nikolay Polozov and Violetta Volkova, who represented the group's interests in court, Kommersant daily reported on Tuesday.

Samutsevich said in her complaint that the attorneys have still not returned her passport and her keys to her apartment, ignoring all her claims.

In addition, she said that Volkova and Polozov had refused to give her new attorneys the complaint against her arrest which was submitted to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in June.

Samutsevich also requested the chamber to assess Volkova's professional behavior, which the Pussy Riot member has called "unethical and humiliating."

In particular, she was shocked by all complaints Volkova made when she met with Samutsevich's father.

Samutsevich therefore requested the chamber to take measures against the attorneys and help her get her documents and keys back.

In late February, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas performed a "punk-style" prayer at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance that was posted on the Internet caused a public outcry.

Tolokonnikova and fellow Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested shortly thereafter.

The Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced the three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison for disorderly conduct on August 17.

Later, the Moscow City Court commuted Samutsevich's sentence from two years in prison to immediate release on probation due to the fact that she was detained by security prior to reaching the stage and did not actually participate in the protest.

The judge left Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences intact.

The defense team for the convicted Pussy Riot members terminated their agreement with the group in November.

"This was a mutual decision, which we discussed previously. Our presence in the case only threatens their release. This was made clear to us today," another Pussy Riot attorney Mark Feygin said.

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Pussy Riot member complains about former attorneys

10:45 11/12/2012 Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich has filed a request with the Moscow Region law chamber to assert influence over attorneys Nikolay Polozov and Violetta Volkova, who represented the group's interests in court, Kommersant daily reported on Tuesday.
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