Pussy Riot attorney once again refuses to face Moscow riots enquiry
MOSCOW, September 18 - RAPSI. A member of the legal team that represented Pussy Riot, attorney Violetta Volkova, has once again refused to be interrogated as a witness by the Investigative Committee in connection with the May 6 Moscow riots, she told RAPSI on Tuesday.
"I received the summons, but I am not going to be interrogated," she said. "I have the right not to be. It would be illegal to blindly obey investigators." She added that a meeting with the investigators has been set for Tuesday, but she is presently in the United States.
Earlier, Volkova wrote in her Live Journal blog that she will not be going to the questioning at the Investigative Committee.
Volkova has motivated her refusal by stating that she has already been granted access to the case as the attorney for riot participant Sergei Udaltsov, his wife Anastasia, as well as for a number of other citizens, and according to the law she is not eligible to testify as a result of her professional obligations.
Investigators earlier said Volkova's legal practice is unlikely to prevent her from being interrogated. A new summons has been sent to the attorney.
Vladimir Markin, the official spokesperson of the Investigative Committee, said earlier that Volkova does not need to be interrogated, as the investigation has video materials showing that she took part in the Bolotnaya Square rally on May 6, 2012 and fulfilled organizational functions. Investigators are only interested in Volkova's remarks regarding her own participation in the May 6 riots, he said.
Clashes with police flared up at Bolotnaya Square in central Moscow on May 6 during an opposition march across Moscow that had been granted a permit by the authorities. Dozens of protesters and police officers were injured. The police detained over 400 rally participants.
The Investigative Committee asked a number of witnesses to come in for interrogation, including attorneys Yelena Lukyanova and Mark Feygin.
Volkova, who attended the interrogation process at the Investigative Committee as Feygin's defense, also received a summons to be questioned as a witness in the case.