Dismissal of Pussy Riot member's $87k defamation claim against attorney upheld
MOSCOW, May 29 (RAPSI, Diana Gutsul) – The Moscow City Court on Thursday upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit filed by Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich demanding 3 million rubles ($86,983) in compensation from her former defense lawyer Nikolai Polozov, attorney himself told RAPSI.
The court thus rejected Pussy Riot member’s appeal.
Initially, Samutsevich demanded 1.5 million rubles ($43,492) in compensation for stories about Pussy Riot and unkind remarks about her on social networks. She also demanded refutation of the materials. Later, Samutsevich adjusted the claim to 3 million rubles.
“Now the compensation will amount to 3 million rubles, as I discovered that the defamatory posts were published not only on his LiveJournal and social networking accounts, but the Echo of Moscow blog host as well,” Samutsevich told RAPSI earlier.
On January 31, the Gagarinsky District Court of Moscow dismissed the defamation lawsuit filed by Samutsevich.
Samutsevich was among the five young women who staged a punk rock prayer in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in February 2012. 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.
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.