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Russian Court Rejects Prison Sentence Deferment of Pussy Riot Band Member

January 16, 2013  |  5:30pm
Russian Court Rejects Prison Sentence Deferment of Pussy Riot Band Member

On Wednesday a Russian court rejected a Pussy Riot band member’s request to postpone the rest of her two-year prison sentence for hooliganism until after her son turns 14, according to The Associated Press.

Maria Alekhina asked for the deferment, arguing that being away from her 5-year-old son at this point in his life would be psychologically harmful to him.

Alekhina and two other members of Pussy Riot were convicted of hooliganism last year after performing a “punk prayer” at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, asking the Virgin Mary to save them from Vladimir Putin, who at the time was about to be elected president for a third term.

The court, located in Berezniki, Russia, denied her deferment request on the grounds that the court that originally sentenced her did so bearing in mind that she had a child.

In addition to her petition, Alekhina also stated she still won’t plead guilty. Another member of the Russian feminist punk rock band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, argued that she was thrown out by guards before she could participate in the anti-Putin protest. As a result, Samutsevich was granted a suspension of her sentence in October.

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