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Jailed Pussy Riot Member's Appeal Overturns One Of Two Prison Reprimands

  • RFE/RL's Russian Service

Pussy Riot band member Maria Alyokhina in a Berezniki city court in January

Pussy Riot band member Maria Alyokhina in a Berezniki city court in January

PERM, Russia -- Jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has had one of two prison reprimands dismissed.

Her appeal was heard in a Perm Oblast Court.

Since receiving a two-year jail sentence for hooliganism over an anti-Putin stunt in an Orthodox church in the capital, Alyokhina has received four reprimands for violating the penitentiary's internal rules.

Two of the reprimands were dismissed in court earlier this year.

Reprimands could prevent her possible early release on parole.

A parole hearing is scheduled for May 22.

Alyokhina and another Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, are serving similar two-year jail sentences.

They were arrested in February 2012 after performing what they called a "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

The jail sentences were widely criticized by the United States, the European Union, and many top entertainers.
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