24 September 2012, 15:09
Lawyers intend to initiate creation of Pussy Riot list in U.S.
Moscow, September 24, Interfax - Lawyers for the convicted Pussy Riot activists intend to initiate the creation in the U.S. of a Pussy Riot list by analogy to the "Magnitsky list," Izvestia reported on Monday.
"Our response is the Pussy Riot list. People who violate human rights in Russia will not have fun in the 'corrupt' West! Visa defamation! We will do it," Izvestia quoted Mark Feigin, a lawyer for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, as saying in his blog.
The lawyer also hinted that he plans to initiate a list of Russian officials denied entry to European countries.
A source close to Pussy Riot said Feigin is the person who initiated the list. "The Pussy Riot list will comprise all people who took part in the Pussy Riot trial, specifically, Justice Marina Syrova, prosecutor Alexander Nikiforov, and all judges who ordered to extend the Pussy Riot activists' arrest," a source told Izvestia.
The list will also comprise journalists who, in the opinion of the women's lawyers and international human rights activists, provided biased coverage of the Pussy Riot trial, the paper reported.
During their visit to the U.S., the Pussy Riot activists' lawyers Mark Feigin, Violetta Volkova, Nikolai Polozov, and Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov met with representatives of the U.S. division of the international human rights organization Amnesty International, which has recognized Pussy Riot as prisoners of conscience, Izvestia reported.
"Human rights organizations will suggest introducing the Pussy Riot list at the official level. They will try to submit the list to the appropriate U.S. department, which will then submit it to the Senate," a source told Izvestia.
The lawyers for Pussy Riot preferred to turn to the U.S. division of Amnesty International directly instead of the organization's office in Russia. Amnesty International officials in Russia said they know nothing about Feigin's initiative, Izvestia reported.
Representatives of the Amnesty International office in London have also expressed surprise about their U.S. colleagues' behavior, saying Amnesty International normally does not get involved in cases relating to diplomatic relations between countries.