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Two Russian Women Found Dead Under 'Free Pussy Riot' Message

Words presumably scrawled in blood at crime scene, say investigators

ANDREY SMIRNOV/AFP/GettyImages
August 30, 2012 2:25 PM ET

A 76-year-old woman and a 38-year-old woman were found stabbed to death in Kazan, Russia, under the phrase "Free Pussy Riot" presumably scrawled in blood on a wall, The Guardian reports. Pro-Kremlin supporters have since claimed that the killings demonstrate how Pussy Riot fuels radicalism, though authorities warned that the perpetrator could be trying to pin the crime on the feminist punks as a red herring. Investigators believe the women were killed over the weekend.

Nikolai Polozov, a lawyer for the band, has denounced the killings as "horrible" and emphasized that the band strictly believes in "nonviolent protest."

Pussy Riot were found guilty of "hooliganism" earlier this month and sentenced to two years in prison. Members of the group recently fled Russia to escape arrest.

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