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Pussy Riot Founders To Hand Over Details Of Suspected Attackers

Pussy Riot founders Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina in a screen grab from a Zona Prava video of an attack on them at a McDonald's in Nizhny Novgorod on March 6
Pussy Riot founders Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina in a screen grab from a Zona Prava video of an attack on them at a McDonald's in Nizhny Novgorod on March 6
The lawyer for two founding members of the punk protest collective Pussy Riot attacked last week in Nizhny Novgorod says the women are ready to hand over the results of their own investigation into the incident to detectives.

The women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, had already circulated their suspected attackers and co-conspirators' photos and names via the website of their unregistered human rights group Zona Prava.

Lawyer Yevgeny Gubin has been quoted by Interfax as saying the information will now be handed over to detectives.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were assaulted in a McDonald's restaurant on March 6 by a group of young men who threw metal objects and food at them, doused them with indelible green antiseptic, and screamed obscenities.

They suffered minor injuries.

The incident was captured on the restaurant's closed-circuit television and on the women's cell phones, and the women released their own video of the attack and its aftermath.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina vowed after their release in December -- following nearly two years in jail on hooliganism convictions in connection with a "punk prayer" that was highly critical of Vladimir Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church -- to campaign for prisoner rights.

They have also kept up their criticism of Putin, including in a series of high-profile appearances abroad.

Both have circulated the detailed list of their suspected attackers via their Twitter accounts.

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