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Russian court postpones appeal for punk band Pussy Riot

October 1, 2012

The three members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot will have to wait 10 more days before their appeal after one member fired her lawyers before the hearing, according to The Associated Press.

Yekaterina Samusevich, 30, reported she fired her three lawyers and she needed an extension before she and her group members, 22-year-old Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and 24-year-old Maria Alekhina, could appeal their case, the media outlet reports.

According to Reuters, the three were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they marched around the Christ the Saviour Russian Orthodox Cathedral in Moscow, reciting a "punk prayer," which asked the Virgin Mary to get rid of President Vladimir Putin, this past February.

They were charged on August 17, with a two year prison sentence, which they are trying to appeal. The judicial system has received a great deal of criticism for being too harsh, the news outlet reports.

Those who want to talk to about the Pussy Riot case can make calls to Russia using international calling cards

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