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Pussy Riot Members Appeal to Medvedev

Source: HRO.org (info), 27/04/12

· Freedom of conscience  · The Courts  · Persecution of activists  · Moscow city & Moscow region

The members of the Pussy Riot punk music group currently held in pre-trial detention have appealed to President Dmitry Medvedev stating that their constitutional rights have been violated.

As their lawyer Nikolai Polozov said on 27 April, the women’s letter was to be handed to Medvedev by the journalist Marianna Maksimovskaya before the interview he gave to Russian TV channels on 26 April.

According to Polozov, the members of Pussy Riot asked the President, as guarantor of the constitution, to instruct the General Prosecutor’s Office to re-examine the legality of their prosecution and detention on remand, Radio Liberty reports.

Earlier it became known that an expert assessment had found no motives of hatred or animosity in the ‘punk-prayer’ performed at the cathedral of Christ the Saviour, and thereby asserted that there were no had was no crime of ‘hooliganism’ with which the women have been charged. Moscow police, for their part, stated that a new assessment has been ordered for the case.

If found guilty, the three members of the Pussy Riot group who are currently in pre-trial detention but deny they were participants in the ‘punk-prayer’, may face up to seven years in prison.