Pussy Riot lawyers suspect Putin of pressuring court before appeal trial

The defense lawyers for the members of the punk group Pussy Riot consider the statements made by President Vladimir Putin that the sentence handed out to their clients is fair constitute pressure on the court.

"No doubt, we see the president's words about the girls before the trial of our appeal as pressure on the cassation court," lawyer Violetta Volkova told Interfax.

"By his statements, the president has shown that he supports the decision on Pussy Riot and it does not have to be reconsidered," the lawyer said.

"It is unacceptable for a president to make such statements, especially several days before a court hearing," Volkova said.

Putin has recently commented on the sentence handed out to Pussy Riot by the Moscow Khamovnichesky Court on August 17 on the program Central Television (NTV): "It's a good thing that they have been arrested and the court has made the right decision. You can't undermine the foundations of morals and destroy the country."

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