MOSCOW - Two women were found stabbed to death in a Russian apartment with the words "Free Pussy Riot" written on the wall in what was probably blood, investigators said on Thursday, stirring more passion over the women jailed for a protest in a church.

A Russian Orthodox Church official said supporters of Pussy Riot now had "blood on their conscience", the Interfax news agency reported.

A lawyer for the women, who were sentenced to two years in prison this month for staging a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, said nobody in the band or or connected with it was involved in the crime.

Nikolai Polozov, said the words scrawled on the wall may have been a "provocation" aimed to discredit Pussy Riot.

The bodies of a 76-year-old pensioner and her 38-year-old daughter were found on Wednesday in their apartment in the city of Kazan, the federal Investigative Committee said in a statement. They died from knife wounds.

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