Motion on deferral of Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova punishment goes to court
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, November 28 - RAPSI. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's new lawyer has filed an application with the Zubovo-Polyansky Court in Mordovia requesting to have her punishment postponed until her child is 14 years old.
The materials necessary for Tolokonnikova's case will be prepared in prison. These include a character reference, her personal record, her child's birth certificate, a certificate stating Tolokonnikova's relatives' consent to provide housing and the necessary environment for her and her child, or a certificate proving that Tolokonniva has housing and the necessary conditions to be able to live with a child, the court's press service reports.
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 - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in prison on August 17.
On October 10, the Moscow City Court commuted 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 did not participate in the punk rock prayer. The sentence issued to Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova was left in force.