Dismissal of Pussy Riot member's suit against her former attorneys upheld
MOSCOW, December 19 (RAPSI) – The Moscow City Court has upheld the dismissal of a lawsuit brought by Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich against her former attorneys Mark Feygin, Nikolai Polozov and Violetta Volkova, RAPSI learnt in the court on Friday.
Samutsevich filed a suit that could be at best described as strange, Polozov said earlier. According to the attorney, she demanded to invalidate some irrelevant documents, including her remarks from the Pussy Riot trial times. On July 1, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow dismissed the lawsuit.
In late January, Moscow’s Gagarinsky District Court rejected a defamation lawsuit filed by Samutsevich demanding 3 million rubles ($50,300) in compensation from Polozov for stories about Pussy Riot and unkind remarks about her on social networks.
Moreover, Samutsevich repeatedly filed requests with the Moscow Bar Association to disbar her former attorneys but all her motions were dismissed.
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. In December 2013, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were pardoned under the amnesty dedicated to the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution.