'Free Pussy Riot' found written in blood by the bodies of two murdered women

The jailed women's supporters say it is an attempt to smear the band

'Free Pussy Riot' found written in blood by the bodies of two murdered women

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The bodies of two murdered women have been found next to the words 'Free Pussy Riot', reportedly written in blood, in the Russian city of Kazan.

The 38 and 76 year old's corpses were found over the weekend. The federal investigative committee – via The Guardian - said in a statement: "The words 'Free Pussy Riot', presumably written in blood, were found at the scene of the crime, on the walls of the flat."

The words were written in English and supporters of the three jailed members of the Russian punk collective have stated that this is an attempt to discredit the band and their politics.

Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of jailed Nadezhda Tolokonnikova told Gazeta.ru: "This is an attempt to strike at all supporters of the group."

One of the band's lawyers, Nikolai Polozov, tweeted: "What happened in Kazan is horrible. Pussy Riot was always for nonviolent protest. This incident is either a horrendous provocation or [the work of] a psychopath."

Earlier this week, the three jailed members of Pussy Riot appealed against their sentence.

They received two-year prison sentences on August 17 after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. They were arrested in February after they staged a flashmob style performance at Moscow's Church Of Christ The Saviour, protesting against the Orthodox Christian church's support of president Vladimir Putin.

Meanwhile, the band has said that at least two of its other members have fled Russia to avoid arrest.

A raft of musicians, from Paul McCartney to Bjork and Franz Ferdinand, have spoken out in support of Pussy Riot. After they received guilty verdicts, Madonna branded the decision to imprison the women "inhumane".

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