Conflict & Justice

Husband of Pussy Riot Band Member says Russian Trial 'Smelled of the Middle Ages'

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Husband of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadia Tolokonnikova, Pyotr Verzilov. (Photo: Voina Art Group, YouTube screengrab)

Pyotr Verzilov is the husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova who has been jailed since February along with two other band members.

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Thursday the couple were able to see each other for the first time in five months.

Verzilov has been attending the band's trial for the past couple of weeks.

He tells anchor Lisa Mullins that the proceedings reminded some people of the Spanish Inquisition.

Pyotr Verzilov addresses supporters in this video posted in May 2012.

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