Lawyer urges support for Pussy Riot convicts at opposition rally

The defense lawyer of one of the three convicted members of the Pussy Riot punk band urged participants in Saturday's "March of Millions" opposition events to go to the Moscow City Court on October 1 to show support for the three convicts during the planned hearing of their appeal against their two-year prison terms.

The three musicians are "members of the political opposition and political prisoners," Mark Feigin, counsel for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said from the platform of a rally that was part of the "March of Millions" program.

Tolokonnikova and the other two Pussy Riot performers, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich,"are fighting the government the same way as other members of the opposition do, among them Alexei Navalny and Sergei Udaltsov, and they are in detention now the same way as those arrested as part of the case of mass riots on [Moscow's] Bolotnaya Square on May 6," Feigin said.

"I urge you to come to the Moscow City Court on October 1 and support our clients," he said.

"There is no justice in Russia any more, and law can only be enforced through pressure from the street," he said. "We are the jury, and we must pluck up our courage, turn out and support the girls, and be as bold as they were during their trial at the Khamovnichesky Court."

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