Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova seeks sentence deferment until child comes of age
MOSCOW, November 7 - RAPSI. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was sentenced to two years in prison for hooliganism at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, has asked the court to postpone her sentence until her daughter comes of age, defense attorney Mark Feygin wrote on Twitter on Wednesday.
Pursuant to Russian law, a child is considered an adult at 18. Her daughter is currently four years old.
"I have just submitted a motion to the Zubovo-Polyansky District Court on postponing the punishment," Feygin said.
Earlier, Moscow's Khamovnichesky District Court dismissed a motion filed by Tolokonnikova and fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina to postpone their sentences until their children reach the age of 14.
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 that was posted on the Internet 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 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 so did not actually participate in the protest.
The judge left Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences intact.