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MOSCOW, January 31 - RAPSI. The Berezniki City Court has suspended until Friday the hearing of Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina's complaint that she was unlawfully punished in prison, the court told RAPSI on Thursday.
The penal colony's administration has imposed several penalties on Alyokhina. The convicted Pussy Riot member has been reprimanded six times in total, including for refusing to wake up on time.
In mid-January, the Berezniki City Court refused to defer Alyokhina's punishment, which she had earlier requested because she has a young child. The court ruled that this fact had been considered by the Khamovniki District Court in Moscow during the trial against the group. Thus, there were no new circumstances to consider for mitigating the punishment, the court said.
In late February, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas performed a "punk-style" prayer at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested shortly thereafter. On August 17, the Khamovniki District Court sentenced them to two years in a prison settlement for disorderly conduct.
On October 10, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's verdict to a suspended sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys argument that she was seized by security guards prior to making it to the altar. Thus, she did not actually perform the punk prayer with the other girls. The court upheld Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova's sentence.