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Lawyers appeal to Supreme Court to reverse verdict on Pussy Riot members

14:28 04/07/2013

MOSCOW, July 4 (RAPSI) - The lawyers of the Pussy Riot members sentenced for hooliganism in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral will appeal to the Supreme Court to reverse the verdict, lawyer Irina Khrunova told RAPSI on Thursday.

"I will send a complaint to the Supreme Court asking for the same thing I have asked for in all of my other complaints, that is, to reverse the verdict which I consider illegal," Khrunova said.

She did not say when the complaint would be ready. The Moscow City Court earlier dismissed the supervisory complaints filed by the convicted Pussy Riot members and their lawyers.

In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a punk rock prayer in the Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.

In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow sentenced Yekaterina Samutsevich and two other Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina - to two years in a prison settlement for hooliganism.

In October 2012, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's verdict to a suspended sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.

The sentences of Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were upheld.

In April 2013, the Zubova Polyana District Court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonnikova's request for parole. Alyokhina's request for parole was rejected by the Berezniki court on May 23.

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Lawyers appeal to Supreme Court to reverse verdict on Pussy Riot members

14:28 04/07/2013 The lawyers of the Pussy Riot members sentenced for hooliganism in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral will appeal to the Supreme Court to reverse the verdict, lawyer Irina Khrunova told RAPSI on Thursday.
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