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Mikhail Fedotov on Prolongation of Pre-Trial Detention for Pussy Riot Members

Source: HRO.org (info), 20/04/12

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Head of the Presidential Council on Human Rights, Mikhail Fedotov, has said that the members of the punk music group Pussy Riot, charged with organizing a “punk prayer” in the cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow that scandalized many believers, should have been released from pre-trial detention.

On 19 April Moscow’s Tagansky district court prolonged the custody of Pussy Riot members Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. One of the grounds on which custody was extended was given by prosecutors as the need to protect the young women from criminal offences being committed against them.

As Mikhail Fedotov noted, in law no such grounds for keeping someone in custody exist. Based on such logic, he added, all the population of Russia should be put behind bars in order to ensure their security, the Rosbalt news agency reports, citing Interfax.

The day before, the period for the investigation into the case of the Pussy Riot activists had been extended.

The performance by Pussy Riot in the cathedral of Christ the Saviour took place on 21 February. The young women sang a song entitled “Virgin Mary, rid us of Putin”, after which they were driven out of the cathedral. Later, three members of the group were arrested and charged with hooliganism. The Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill said the action by the punk music group “defiled the holiest objects”. The young women face up to seven years in prison.
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