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No Parole For Pussy Riot Member

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The Supreme Court of the Russian republic of Mordovia has upheld an earlier court decision denying parole for a member of the feminist punk performance group Pussy Riot.

On July 26, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova appealed an April 26 decision from Mordovia’s Zubovo-Polyansky court that rejected her early release from prison.

Irina Khrunova, Tolokonnikova’s lawyer, argued that there were procedural violations at the earlier hearing.

On July 24, a court in Perm rejected an appeal for parole from jailed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are the only two members of the feminist punk performance group currently incarcerated.

The two were convicted of hooliganism to incite religious hatred in August 2012 and sentenced to two years in prison for performing a so-called "punk prayer" against Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.


Basd on reporting by "Rossiyskaya gazeta" and Interfax

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