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On Monday the Moscow City Court recognized as legal the decision of the Tagansky district court extending until July 24 detention of members of all-female opposition punk rock group Pussy Riot who face up to seven years in jail for performing in the Cathedral of the Christ the Savior. However, earlier one of the detainees’ lawyers said a high-ranking official in the president’s administration assured him that girls will be freed. On the day of the court hearing the girls – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - continued their hunger strike for the sixth day running.
The girls and their lawyers pinned great hopes on statements of 53 guarantors. However, the court attached to the case only statements of eight guarantors present in the courtroom and left the Tagansky district court’s verdict unchanged, leaving the girls in detention.
Supporters and opponents of Pussy Riot organized one-person pickets in front of the Moscow City Court. An Orthodox activist, who called himself as Brother Leonid, demanded death sentence for members of the punk group.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova complained of her worsening health after a six-day hunger strike, permanent headaches and insomnia, and called on the judge for pardon reminding that their action posed no threat to people being a symbolic one.