16 August 2012, 13:41
Writer Akunin calls Pussy Riot supporters to appear near court building on Friday
Moscow, August 16, Interfax - Writer Grigory Chkhartishvili (Boris Akunin) called on Pussy Riot supporters to come to the Moscow Khamovnichesky District Court on Friday - the day the sentence is to be announced.
"I will arrive at the Khamovnichesky District Court by 3 p.m. Many others are planning to come there too, so I hope not only to meet with my acquaintances, but also get acquainted with new and interesting people in 7th Rostovsky Pereulok," he said.
The Pussy Riot situation requires that their supporters not only protest online, but also appear in person, he said.
"In my opinion, tomorrow's situation cannot be disregarded," he said.
In turn, Left Front leader Sergey Udaltsov told Interfax that the leftist opposition had cancelled its Thursday protest near the Moscow headquarters of the Russian Investigative Committee to focus on the Friday action near the Moscow Khamovnichesky District Court.
"That would not be a political action, just a peaceful assembly of people who are not indifferent to this repressive trial. Hopefully, the police will create no impediments or detain people without valid reasons," he said.
"I am not going to mobilize any people for this action on purpose," Udaltsov said.
"I have spoken in the girls' defense. I may be able to enter the courtroom. If not, we will be standing outside," he said.