Politician Boris Nemtsov comes to court to support Pussy Riot

The young women from the Pussy Riot punk band, who staged the controversial performance at Christ the Savior Cathedral, do not deserve to be punished and should be released, opposition activist Boris Nemtsov said.

"It is political revenge. They do not deserve it. I am far from admiring their act but I would simply spank and let them go," said Nemtsov, who arrived at the building of Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court, which is hearing the Pussy Riot case. The participants of the punk prayer "are not posing any threat to anyone, so the fact that they are held in jail makes them political prisoners," Nemtsov said.

Several dozen people have gathered on Sedmoi Rostovsky Side-Street, including both Orthodox activists who condemn the Pussy Riot act, and opposition activists who support the women from the punk band. Occasionally, lone pickets and other showings of support take place here, in particular, an activist holding several balloons with an inscription, "Free Pussy Riot." The street where the court is located is closed by a metal fence, several police officers standby and allow access only to transport vehicles and journalists accredited for the trial coverage.

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