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Court denies Pussy Riot member request to defer prison time for her 5-year-old son

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, January 16, 2013 12:42 EDT
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Maria Alyokhina smiles during her appeal hearing at a Moscow courthouse on October 10, 2012. (AFP)
 
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A Russian court on Wednesday turned down a request by a jailed member of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot to defer serving her jail sentence until her five-year-old son is older.

“The court has ruled not to satisfy the petition,” the judge said at Berezniki city court in the Perm region of the Urals, the RIA Novosti news agency reported.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, had asked the court to allow her to serve the remainder of her two-year prison term after her son turns 14.

Under Russian law, a court can allow a woman convicted of a minor crime not to serve the sentence until her child turns 14.

The judge said that Alyokhina’s sentence already took into account the fact that she had a young child.

“We have not established any new circumstances to soften the sentence,” the court said.

Alyokhina was sentenced to two years in August last year along with bandmates Yekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after they performed a “punk prayer” critical of President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.

Samutsevich in October had her sentence suspended on the grounds that security guards grabbed her before she could take part in the stunt.

Tolokonnikova has a young daughter and has filed a similar request to Alyokhina’s.

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