Pussy Riot members want to serve their term in Moscow

The Pussy Riot punk group singers have urged the administration of Moscow's Detention Facility No.6, where they are being held now, to allow them to remain at this detention center to serve their term.

"In a letter to the prison administration they requested permission to serve their term in this particular detention facility if their verdict is found lawful," the Pussy Riot trio's defense attorney Nikolai Polozov told Interfax on Sunday.

In compliance with the current practice, detained persons have the right to request the permission to serve their term at the detention facility they are being held at, if the term is not long and if his health allows.

"We have said on many occasions that if the girls are sent to a prison, all of us will have reasons to fear for their health and lives. Moreover, if the prison is located far away from Moscow, we and rights organizations will have problems controlling their living conditions," he said.

The Moscow City Court on October 1 will hear the Pussy Riot trio's appeal against the verdict, handed down to them by Moscow's Khamovnichesky Court on August 17. Each of the three was sentenced to two years in jail. The women appealed the verdict.

The singers' defense lawyers earlier said that their clients hope their punishment will be mitigated or replaced by a suspended sentence.

The defense lawyers also said that they would seek the singers' complete acquittal. But even if the verdict is mitigated and the women are released from custody, they will deem one of their goals attained, they said.

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