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Court to review Pussy Riot band member appeal

January 30, 2013, 10:04 UTC+3
This is the second attempt to consider the appeal of Samutsevch since the previous meeting was postponed
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MOSCOW, January 30 (Itar-Tass) – The Moscow City Court on Wednesday will consider an appeal filed by member of the Pussy Riot girls’ punk band Yekaterina Samutsevich against the recognition of the band’s video as extremist.

This is the second attempt to consider the appeal of Samutsevch since the previous meeting was postponed because of the absence of a representative of the RF Justice Ministry.

Earlier, the Zamoskvoretsky Court found four videos of the band placed on five online resources extremist and limited access to them.

On August 17, 2012 Moscow’s Khamovnichesky Court found three members of the Pussy Riot band – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and enmity for their scandalous “punk prayer” in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral in the RF capital. Each of them was sentenced to two years in a penal colony. The court did not find political motives in the actions of the defendants, which they claimed during the investigation and at the trial.

On October 10, 2012 the Moscow City Court changed the verdict against Samutsevich giving her a suspended sentence. The punishment for the other two girls was upheld. On January 16, the Court of the Perm Territory where Alekhina is serving a sentence, refused to give her a reprieve until her child reaches the age of 14.

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