Pussy Riot defense hopes Putin's remarks were a signal for court

The Pussy Riot punk group's defense lawyer said Friday's hearings will show whether President Vladimir Putin's remarks were a signal for the court.

"We see the president's remarks as a signal for the court. But whether or not this was so, will become clear at today's hearings," Defense lawyer Mark Feigin told Interfax on Friday.

"Emotions have reached their peak," he said.

"Not only Russian and foreign rights groups have spoken in defense of our clients. Cultural figures, politicians, foreign actors and musicians have been monitoring the trial and want justice to triumph," Feigin said.

Putin said on Thursday that he does not see anything good in the Pussy Riot's escapade, but added that they should not be judged too strictly and that he hopes for an argued court ruling.

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