Investigators appeal into Pussy Riot case to be heard on July 4
MOSCOW, July 2 - RAPSI. On July 4 the Moscow Tagansky District Court will hear the appeal by investigators for limiting the terms for studying the case materials of Pussy Riots band members, accused of acts of hooliganism at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, attorney Mark Feygin told the Russian Legal Information Agency on Monday.
"Initially the investigators told us that their application will be heard today, on Monday, but as we were notified of this only on Friday evening we were outraged. Other proceedings were already set for Monday, let alone that the fact we should have time to prepare for this," Feygin said.
The group of five masked women performed a protest song titled, "Holy Sh*t," at the altar of the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.
The lyrics included lines such as, "Holy Mother, Blessed Virgin, Chase Putin Out!"
The video was posted online and evoked a massive public outcry.
Pussy Riot said their performance was in response to Orthodox Church head Patriarch Kirill's backing of then-Prime Minister Vladimir Putins election bid. Putin won a landslide victory in the March 4 election. The patriarch called the 12 years of Putin's rule a "miracle of God" at a televised meeting.
Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested. They are accused of disorderly conduct and face up to seven years in prison.
On June 20 the Moscow Tagansky District Court extended the custody of Pussy Riot members.