Monday, July 28, 2014


Russia

Pussy Riot Defendants Feel Unwell In Courtroom

The trial of the members of Pussy Riot started on July 30.
The trial of the members of Pussy Riot started on July 30.
Ambulances were called to a Moscow court on August 1 after three defendants -- the members of the Pussy Riot female punk band -- felt unwell during their trial.

The physicians concluded after examining the defendants that they are suitable to stand trial, which started on July 30.

Judge Marina Syrova said the ambulance team, which was called to the courtroom, said the three defendants had "normal blood pressure, a normal pulse, and normal blood sugar content."
 
The trial resumed shortly afterward. 

One of the defendants' lawyers, Nikolai Polozov, said that the three young women -- Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina -- suffer from exhaustion as they have to wake up at 5 a.m. every day and spend hours in a small room without proper food before being transported to the trial and back to the detention center.

They were arrested in March after staging a performance at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral in which they denounced President Vladimir Putin’s rule.

They each face seven years in prison if convicted.

Based on reporting by ITAR-TASS, Interfax, and RIA Novosti
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