Pussy Riot faces new charges over wearing police uniform for World Cup final demonstration

Pussy Riot faces new charges over wearing police uniform for World Cup final demonstration

1500 rubles of the fine will be added to the arrest.

On July 23, a hearing is held on the case of Pussy Riot that invaded the pitch during the final of the World Cup. The court would add the administrative penalty for the police uniform.

Recall that the incident occurred on July 15 during the 2018 World Cup final, Croatia v France. Four people ran out on the pitch in a police uniform; the game was discontinued.

Later Pussy Riot stated that its participants invaded the pitch; a manifesto was posted on the Facebook page, which noted that the action was of a political nature and drew attention to the situation in Russia. Activists claimed "1. Let all political prisoners free. Free Oleg Sentsov. 2. Not imprison for 'likes'. 3. Stop Illegal arrests on rallies. 4. Allow political competition in the country. 5. Not fabricate criminal accusations and not keep people in jails for no reason.” In the last paragraph of the manifesto, they demanded "turning of an earthly policeman into a heavenly policeman."

On July 16, the Khamovnichesky Court of Moscow recognized Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva, Olga Pakhtusova and Pyotr Verzilov guilty of committing an administrative offense under part 3 of Art. 20.31 of the Administrative Code (Gross Violation of the Spectators rules at official sports competitions) and appointed 15 days of arrest. Also, all four are prohibited to attend formal sports events in Russia for three years.

Now they should be convicted for wearing a police uniform illegally. According to lawyer of Pussy Riot, member of the Agora international human rights group Nikolay Vasiliev, the maximum is a fine of 1500 rubles ($24) and confiscation of the uniform. However, the lawyer is ready to fight for his clients, based on the fact that after the detention the police didn’t let him go, which is a violation of the right to defense. In turn, the evidence obtained in violation of the procedure should not be taken into account by the court.

"The use of evidence obtained in violation of the law is contrary to the Constitution, this is the abuse," said lawyer Vasiliev.

The hearing on the illegal wearing of the police uniform will take place at the premises of the judicial department No. 364 of the Khamovnichesky judicial district.

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