Moscow court postpones hearing of Pussy Riot appeal

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (L), Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina (R), members of female punk band “Pussy Riot”, attend their trial inside the defendents’ cell in a court in Moscow.(Reuters / Maxim Shemetov)

A Moscow court postponed the hearing on the Pussy Riot sentence appeal until October 10, allowing band member Ekaterina Samutsevich to recuse her attorney and hire another one.

Read the full story on Monday’s hearing here.­

The three women – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Ekaterina Samutsevich – are expected to attend the hearing, which will be broadcast online from Khamovnichesky Court at 7:00 GMT (11am local time).

On the eve of the hearing, a spokesman for the Russian Orthodox church said that the singers’ actions “can’t be left unpunished, no matter how you justify them.” 

He added, however, that if the women show “penitence and reconsideration of their action,” their words “shouldn’t be left unnoticed.”

It remains unclear whether the court will offer leniency if the singers repent.

During their final testimonies in August, the women apologized before those whose feeling were hurt, but said they regret nothing.

They also insisted that their “punk prayer” which included the words, “Mother of God, drive out Putin,” was not a personal attack on the president, but on the political system he created.

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