Pussy Riot singer rejects her defense lawyer over excessive focus on politics

An excessive focus on politics did not allow the defense lawyer for a Pussy Riot singer to defend her client's interests properly, Irina Yarovaya, the head of the State Duma Security and Anti-Corruption Committee, said on Monday.

"It is an example of how an excessive focus on politics impairs a defense lawyer's ability to duly represent the client's interests," Yarovaya told the press.

"When a defense lawyer sees politics in a trial and uses it as part of a political campaign rather than a venue where professional skills must be displayed, a conflict inevitably arises between the defense lawyer and the client," she said.

One of the Pussy Riot singers, Yekaterina Samutsevich, rejected her defense lawyer Violetta Volkova's services and the court broke the contract between them on Monday. Samutsevich said her and her defense lawyer's positions were at odds, but she did not elaborate.

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