Pussy Riot defense calls provocative writing in Kazan home of killed women

An elderly woman and her daughter were murdered at their home in Kazan, the Russian Investigative Committee told Interfax. "A "Free Pussy Riot" writing was made on the apartment wall, presumably, in blood," it said. The committee said the women were 76 and 38 years of age.

The defense of convicted members of the Pussy Riot punk band has called the tragic death of women in Kazan an abominable provocation and expressed hope the police would find and prosecute the killers.

"The Kazan incident is an abominable and dirty provocation. I regret that some bastards use the Pussy Riot name for such goals," lawyer Nikolai Polozov told Interfax on Thursday.

Most of the Pussy Riot supporters express their protest lawfully, he said. He also noted that violence in the Pussy Riot case came from the punk band opponents, who ripped off t-shirts with band logos.

"Naturally, this is a provocation. It is a habit to blame Pussy Riot for everything. No matter what happens, Pussy Riot is named responsible," the lawyer said.

He said he sincerely hoped the police "would find the bastards quickly and punish them."

The Tatarstan department of the Russian Investigative Committee opened a criminal case on the counts of murder of two or more people (Part 2, Article 105 of the Russian Criminal Code). The detectives said the women lived together. "That was a normal family. Judging by tentative information, the murder was committed in the period from August 24 to 26, 2012, and the women were stabbed to death," the committee said.

Investigative procedures are taking place to learn details of the crime, to identify the killers and to reveal their motives. The Tatarstan Interior Ministry said the women were killed at 68, Fucik Street in Kazan. The police were informed about two bodies of women, born in 1936 and 1974, with stab wounds at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday. "The police detail, which came to the apartment, saw that the women were stabbed," the report said. Detectives and forensic experts started investigation on the crime scene.

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