Sentence mitigation hearing for Pussy Riot's Alyokhina set for Jan. 16
PERM, December 19 - RAPSI. On January 16, Berezniki City Court will hear Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina's motion to postpone carrying out the rest of her sentence based on concerns about being away from her young child, the court told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
"The application to postpone the punishment has been filed with the court and will be considered at the colony where Alyokhina is serving her prison sentence," the court's spokesperson told RIA Novosti.
Earlier, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow dismissed Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's motion to postpone their sentences until their children are 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.