20 July 2012 at Moscow’s Khamovnichesky District Court at the first closed door hearing the court rejected a defence plea for the women’s release. Judge Victor Danilkin ordered Ms Tolokonnikova, Ms Alyokhina and Ms Samutsevich to stay in jail, extending their time in detention to 10 months. Their lawyers said they would appeal. Mark Feigin, acting for the three women, said he had asked to summon witnesses including Mr Putin and Patriarch Kirill of Moscow, head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
August 21st, 2012
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