Complaint against denial of parole to Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova sent to Supreme Court
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, July 2 (RAPSI) - The Zubovo-Polyansky Court of the Republic of Mordovia has sent to the republic's Supreme Court a complaint against the lower court's decision to deny parole to Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a court representative told RIA Novosti on Monday.
On April 26, a district court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonikova's request for parole.
"All the materials pertaining to the parole request and the lawyers' appeals were forwarded to the Supreme Court of Mordovia on June 27," the court representative said.
The Supreme Court said they expect to receive the documents by the end of the week.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a "punk-style" prayer in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced Tolokonnikova and two other Pussy Riot members - Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in a prison settlement for hooliganism.
In October 2012, 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 reaching the altar.
Tolokonnikova's and Alyokhina's sentences were upheld.