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Pussy Riot to sue Russian government
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Pussy Riot to sue Russian government

Two members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot are suing the Russian government, demanding €120,000 in compensation each. 

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, along with third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, were jailed in 2012 after they were arrested for hooliganism, a charge which stemmed from performing their song 'Mother of God, Drive Putin Out' at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. 

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are seeking €120,000 each in compensation for their treatment during both their sentence and “pre-trial confinement". They have also asked for another €10,000 in legal fees, reports The Guardian. 

The pair have filed the suit in the European Court of Human Rights and have promised, should they win damages, to donate them to several human rights charities, including their own organization that focuses on systemic prison reform.

Speaking about the suit, Pavel Chikov,  the head of the human rights legal group Agora, which is representing the pair, said: "They didn't get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights."

The Russian government has already issued a 35-page report, calling the suit “obviously unfounded.”

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were released in December after serving 21 months in jail. 

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