Two Russian Women Found Murdered Beneath ‘Free Pussy Riot’ Message Written in Blood

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This image taken from TV footage provided by The Associated Press Television News shows a place where two women stabbed to death were found under this sign on the wall of their apartment in the central Russian city of Kazan on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012.

Two women were found murdered in an apartment in Kazan, Russia, their bodies slumped against a wall scrawled with the message, “Free Pussy Riot,” evidently written in blood. The victims, a mother, 76, and her 38-year old daughter, were found dead late last week from multiple stab wounds. The substance on the wallpaper hasn’t yet been confirmed, but it’s thought to be the victims’ own blood, reports The Moscow Times.

Russian investigators currently believe that the murders occurred during a robbery, stating that the contents of the women’s apartment was thoroughly uprooted with drawers and shelves emptied and overturned. Any correlation between the gruesome crime and the jailed political punk activists is unproven, but Russia’s state-run media outlets and government officials have started to seize on the crime as “inspired” by the punk band. Kremlin-friendly news website Vesti.ru reportedly accompanied the story of the crime with the headline “People Have Begun to Kill for Pussy Riot.” Dmitry Smirnov, a department head at the Moscow Patriarchate, said the blood of the Kazan women was “on the conscience of the so-called society” that supports Pussy Riot, according to The Moscow Times.

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Nikolai Polozov, the defense attorney for the three recently-indicted political activist punk band members, called the murders “an abominable and dirty provocation,” according to RT. “I am sorry that some freaks are using Pussy Riot’s band name,” he told Interfax. Investigator Andrey Sheptitsky said in a statement that the killer “was trying to avoid suspicion” and mislead police by connecting the murder to the band’s supporters. He thought the murders were likely committed by a “psychotic or a drug addict,” the Associated Press reports.

The commotion over Pussy Riot continues to roil after three band members of the performance group were sentenced to two years in jail on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” They were arrested and charged after performing a “punk prayer” railing against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main cathedral in February. The verdict has lead to international protests and statements from musicians, including Madonna, who disagree with the sentencing. At least two Pussy Riot band members not charged in the incident have fled Russia to escape potential prosecution and persecution.

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9 comments
Steelsil
Steelsil

The KGB is back in the saddle again.  Russia's brief flirtation with democracy is over, and Putin is Czar.  

RylandR
RylandR

You do realize that when KGB existed the Czar did not.... The Bolsheviks over through the Czar and if you even mentioned the Czar in the Soviet Union you were killed (Or sent to a work camp). Putin is not a Czar. Not even in the metaphorical sense.

peppermint jungle
peppermint jungle

Yeah Putin is more like Stalin than Czar.

RylandR
RylandR

Yes, while I do agree with you that he is a despicable man who manipulates the system and suppresses the press. Not to mention he is ex KGB. I don't think he is as bad as Stalin. Stalin murdered more people than Hitler, Stalin committed unspeakable atrocities. Putin is a vile character who needs to step down and free those girls. But Putin is not nearly as bad as Stalin. To say that I think that almost... oh I don't know... lessons Stalin's crimes? If you get what I am saying

Matthew Johnson
Matthew Johnson

First, let me say that I am not now nor have I ever been a supporter of the depraved punks, "Pussy Riot". But I do believe their defense attorney is right, that this is a 'provocation'.

What is more, it is a 'provocation' in a peculiar Russian sense of the word, since Russia has been dealing with 'провокация' like this one for many decades. A 'provocation' in this sense is when some faction, usually the government, commits an outrage, but makes it look like it is their opponents who are guilty of it.

Somehow, that is a much more likely explanation for this crime than that the Pussy Riot supporters -- deranged though they are -- would sink to such pointless, brutal murder.

Joel
Joel

That is crazy

RockyMissouri
RockyMissouri

Why is it written in English ......???

RylandR
RylandR

Because I guessing, they want West intervention in such a great travesty. Kinda like in the Tiananmen Square Protests most if not all the signs were written in English. The people who did this probably knew that this would get international attention. 

LoudRambler
LoudRambler

 Kazan became notorious this February after a man died in hospital from a perforated colon (a horrible death, if you ask me) - after being raped with a champaign bottle at a police station in an attempt to extort confession in a crime he didn't commit.

 What's worse, the said bottle rapes were occurring at the same police station for years, with rapists getting promoted and being recorded shouting at their subordinates that they should always have a bottle at hand.

 Thus, I won't be surprised if in a few days we'll have a bum "confessing" that he did the said heinous crime out of hatred towards Orthodox Church of Russia in particular and all the Orthodox Russians in general.