Wednesday 20 November 2019

Video: Punk band being deprived of sleep and food, trial told

Nastassia Astrashues in Moscow

Defence lawyers yesterday accused Russian authorities of depriving three members of a women's punk band of sleep and food during a trial that critics say is part of a campaign to discredit President Vladimir Putin's opponents.

One of the women needed medical attention in court on the third day of a trial over the "punk prayer" the Pussy Riot band performed against Mr Putin on the altar of Moscow's main cathedral in February.

Defence lawyer Violetta Volkova stepped up criticism by saying Maria Alyokhina (24), Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (22) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (29) were woken up at 5am and kept in a tiny room for hours without breakfast before being taken to court.

The trio are charged with hooliganism motivated by religious hatred and face up to seven years in prison.

Irish Independent

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