Samutsevich to appeal Pussy Riot extremism ruling Jan. 24
MOSCOW, January 10 - RAPSI. On January 24, Moscow City Court will hear Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich's appeal of an earlier declaration of video footage of the group's various antics should be banned due to their extremist content, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court press service told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) Thursday.
On November 29, the Zamoskvoretsky District Court restricted access to four Pussy Riot videos posted on five websites in accordance with the motion submitted by prosecutors. The video footage featured the band's performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, and the band's rallies on Red Square, on the roof of a detention center, and in a trolley.
In late February, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas performed a "punk-style" prayer at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral.
An edited video of their performance that was posted on the Internet caused a public outcry.
Members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Samutsevich were arrested shortly thereafter.
The Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced the three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison on August 17.
Later, the Moscow City Court commuted Samutsevich's sentence from two years in prison to immediate release on probation due to the fact that she was detained by security prior to reaching the stage and did not actually participate in the protest.
The judge left Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences intact.
Samutsevich appealed the verdict declaring the videos extremist despite not being a party to the case.
Samutsevich tried to join the proceedings as an interested party when prosecutors filed to ban the videos. The court rejected her request, noting that her interests were not sufficiently at stake pending its ruling.
Samutsevich has also appealed the ruling denying her access to the trial.