Pussy Riot appeal hearing adjourned

Imprisoned punk's case will resume on October 10

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An appeal hearing for the three imprisoned members of Russian feminist punk collective Pussy Riot has been adjourned.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich returned to Moscow City Court – where they were sentenced to two years in prison following an anti-Putin gig in Moscow's main cathedral - to appeal their sentence.

The hearing of the high-profile case will resume on 10 October, after Yekaterina Samutsevich complained that her request for a different defence lawyer had not been met, the BBC reports.

On Sunday (September 30), the Russian Orthodox Church called for the three members of Pussy Riot to "repent" for performing their anti-Kremlin "punk prayer" song.

However, the trio's relatives and legal team hold little hope that the sentences will be reduced, whether they repent or not. Stanislav Samutsevich, father of one of the jailed women, said: "The sentence is predetermined; their repentance will not affect it in any way."

Their imprisonment has sparked condemnation across the world, with a raft of musicians including Madonna, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Paul McCartney calling for them to be released. Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev has also said they should be freed.

Other members of Pussy Riot delivered a video message to their supporters, which you can watch below.
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Video: Pussy Riot – 'Our Country Is Dominated By Evil Men'

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