Pussy Riot row erupts over legal team following interview with freed member

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich accuses Mark Feygin, Nikolai Polozov and Violetta Volkova of dereliction of duty. They in turn accuse her of collaborating with the Kremlin to win release. Photograph: Maxim Shemetov/Reuters

From The Guardian:

A row has erupted around the jailed punk band Pussy Riot, with the group’s members and supporters trading accusations of theft, lies and Kremlin collaboration with their lawyers.

Bad blood has been simmering between the women and their legal team since the end of the Pussy Riot trial, which saw three of members found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their performance of an anti-Putin “punk prayer” inside a Moscow cathedral. Maria Alyokhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in prison. Samutsevich was later released on appeal after ditching the group’s legal team for a new lawyer.

In a lengthy interview published on Monday, she accused the lawyers – Mark Feygin, Nikolai Polozov and Violetta Volkova – of failing to carry out their legal duties, caring more about their personal fame and careers inside the Russian opposition. She also accused Feygin, a former Duma deputy, of forging papers to register the Pussy Riot brand while the three women were still in pre-trial detention and of failing to return her passport to her.

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