Defamation suit against former Pussy Riot's attorney moved to Jan.23
MOSCOW, December 24 (RAPSI, Saria Kiut) - The Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow will begin the hearing of the defamation lawsuit filed by Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich against her former attorney Nikolai Polozov on January 23, Polozov told RAPSI.
According to Polozov, Samutsevich demanded 1,5 million rubles ($45,523) in compensation for stories about Pussy Riot and unkind remarks about her on social networks.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a punk rock prayer in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow sentenced Samutsevich and two other Pussy Riot members - Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova - to two years in a prison settlement for hooliganism.
In October 2012, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's verdict to a suspended sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.
The sentences of Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were upheld. Alyokhina was transferred last August to serve her prison term to Nizhny Novgorod region. Tolokonnikova remained in Mordovia. In November, Tolokonnikova was transferred to the Krasnoyarsk Territory.
On December 23, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were pardoned and released from prison pursuant to a broad amnesty spearheaded by Russian President Vladimir Putin and adopted by the State Duma earlier this month
The Duma passed the amnesty bill, which was originally submitted by President Putin, in its first reading. The amnesty was arranged to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the Constitution of the Russian Federation.
It has entered into effect, having been published in Rossiyskaya Gazeta - the governmental publication that prints all bills after they have been approved.