Pussy Riot members request sentence deferment until their children turn 14
MOSCOW, October 17 - RAPSI. Convicted Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have applied for the suspension of their judgment until their children turn 14, their attorney Mark Feigin told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Wednesday.
"We have filed the application with the Khamovnichesky District Court. The court has marked it as having been accepted and will schedule the hearing within 10 days as prescribed by law," he said.
In late February, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas performed a "punk-style" prayer at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
The Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison on August 17.
Later, the Moscow City Court commuted fellow Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich's sentence from two years in prison to immediate release on probation due to the fact that she was detained by security prior to reaching the stage, and thus did not actually participate in the punk rock prayer.
The judge left Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences unchanged.