Russia

Lawyer Warns Pussy Riot Face Threats of Violence in Jail

Says one member has already complained of harassment and mistreatment from the Russian prison guards

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A lawyer for Pussy Riot has warned that three members of the feminist punk band sentenced to jail last week could face violence and discrimination because of the intense state campaign against them.

"For half a year, state-run television has built up a very negative image of them – that they're blasphemers, heretics," said Nikolai Polozov, a member of the women's defence team. "The only source of information in prisons is state-run TV.