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Pussy Riot will not ask Putin for pardon: lawyer

The three women told their lawyer: “Let them go to hell with their pardon”.

Two members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in the glass cage in the Moscow courtroom on Friday
Two members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, in the glass cage in the Moscow courtroom on Friday
Image: AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev

THE THREE MEMBERS of punk band Pussy Riot sentenced to two years in prison for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin song in Russia’s top church will not ask the president for a pardon, their lawyer said today.

“Our clients will not ask for a pardon,” defence lawyer Nikolai Polozov told AFP today, adding: “Literally this is what they said: ‘Let them go to hell with their pardon’.”

Band members Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich on Friday were each found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for their protest on 21 February in the Christ the Saviour Cathedral and handed two-year jail terms.

The West decried the sentencing, with the United States saying it was “disproportionate” and the European Union calling the punishment excessive.

Polozov said the defence team planned to appeal as soon as they received a copy of the verdict.

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