Disciplinary board rejects Pussy Riot musician's complaint about ex-defense lawyers

The disciplinary commission of Moscow's association of lawyers has thrown out a complaint from one of the convicted members of punk rock band Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, about her former defense lawyers Nikolai Polozov and Mark Feigin, Polozov tweeted.

The disciplinary commission of Moscow's association of lawyers has thrown out a complaint from one of the convicted members of punk rock band Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, about her former defense lawyers Nikolai Polozov and Mark Feigin, Polozov tweeted.

The Chamber of Lawyers' disciplinary commission found no fault with the way the two lawyers had conducted their defense, according to Polozov.

"On Monday, the commission gave consideration to a similar complaint from Samutsevich about lawyer Violetta Volkova and only detected an insignificant departure from the rules," Polozov said, explaining that Volkova simultaneously acted for "two defendants with a conflict of interest."

For that reason, the Chamber of Lawyers would consider sanctions against Volkova, but, "since it was an insignificant offense with no effect on the way she pursued her defense, I don't think it will entail any strict sanctions," he said.

Pussy Riot singers wearing masks staged a "punk prayer" at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow in February 2012.

The action caused a public outcry. Three band members - Samutsevich, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina - were detained on hooliganism charges. In August the court sentenced the three singers to two years in a medium security penitentiary.

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