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Pussy Riot murders: Man in Russia confesses to killing women, trying to mislead police

A man in Russia has confessed to the 'Pussy Riot' murders and trying to mislead police by scrawling the name of the punk-rock band on a wall near the bodies.

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Members of the all-girl punk band 'Pussy Riot,' Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars during a court hearing in Moscow on July 20, 2012. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

A Russian man has confessed to murdering two women and then scrawling “Free Pussy Riot” on a wall in their blood to make his gruesome crime look like a religious or political act, the BBC reported today.

Igor Danilevsky, a 38-year-old university professor, was detained by police on Thursday over the grisly double-murder in Kazan, 500 miles east of Moscow, the Associated Press reported.

The New York Times said the bodies of the 38-year-old woman, who Danilevsky had dated, and her 76-year-old mother were found in their apartment earlier this week.

They had been brutally stabbed and their faces and bodies disfigured.

"Before leaving, in order to remove any suspicion from himself and make it seem like a ritual killing, he arranged the victims' bodies in a certain manner and wrote Free Pussy Riot on the wall with their blood," the federal investigative committee said in a statement, the BBC reported.

From the outset police had suspected that the message, written in large capital letters in English, had been designed to mislead investigators into thinking supporters of the Pussy Riot band were responsible.

Earlier this month, three members of the feminist punk-rock group were sentenced to two years in jail for hooliganism after performing an anti-Putin song in a Russian Orthodox cathedral.

The trial and conviction drew international criticism and celebrities around the world expressed their supporter for the three defendants.

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