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Pussy Riot appeal delayed by Russian court

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Pussy Riot have seen their appeal hearing delayed by a Russian court after one member of the group fired her lawyer.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, who along with bandmates Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina was sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, said on Monday (October 1) that she disagreed with how the case was being handled.

Radical Feminist punk group Pussy Riot

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"My position on the criminal case does not match their position," she said of her lawyers.

Pussy Riot's appeal hearing has now been delayed until October 10, according to Reuters.

The group were jailed on August 17 for performing an anti-Vladimir Putin 'punk prayer' outside Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral.

Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev last month called for Pussy Riot to be released, echoing outrage at their convictions throughout the Western world.

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