Defenders, opponents of Pussy Riot to hold protests on Monday

Sympathizers and opponents of the convicted members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot plan to hold rallies on Monday.

"October 1 is declared a new day of solidarity with Pussy Riot," the women's lawyer Mark Feigin earlier said on Twitter.

"We are calling on Pussy Riot supporters worldwide to take part in rallies on Oct. 1, when the Moscow City Court will consider their cassation appeal," the lawyer said.

In the meantime, Orthodox young people will organize a Christian Solidarity Day on Oct. 1, the press service for the Russian Orthodox movement Georgiyevtsy told Interfax.

The activists will come to the building of the Moscow City Court to draw public attention to the "increasing number of unpunished blasphemous actions and the actual rightlessness of believers in their responses to challenges and provocations by anti-clergymen activists," Georgiyevtsy said.

The orthodox activists will also speak in favor of the amendments to the Russian Criminal Code criminalizing insults of believers' feelings and the desecration of holy places.

Meanwhile, the Moscow police have tightened security near the building of the Moscow City Court, where a cassation appeal contesting the sentence handed out to the Pussy Riot  members will be considered on Monday.

Several police vehicles and reinforced police units can be seen near the court, an Interfax correspondent has reported.

Journalists are beginning to gather near the court. A group of young people, who are not taking any actions yet, have also come to the court building.

There is a serious traffic jam on the motorway near the court.

 The first Pussy Riot supporter to come to the court building is an elderly man with a big banner in support of Pussy Riot, the Interfax correspondent has reported. He is conducting a one-man picket. The police are not stopping him.

On Monday, the Moscow City Court will consider the cassation appeal contesting the sentence given to the members of the punk group Pussy Riot, who have been sentenced to two years in a penal colony for their stunt in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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