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Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova will not plead guilty

11:21 26/07/2013

SARANSK, July 26 (RAPSI) - Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova stated during her parole hearing that she will not plead guilty to her hooliganism charge, and will continue to appeal her sentence, RAPSI reports from the court on Friday.

The Supreme Court of Republic of Mordovia is hearing Tolokonnikova's appeal of the lower court's descision to reject her parole claim. The lower court turned down the parole appeal since Tolokonnikova refuses to admit guilt and has two reprimands from the penal colony's administration.

"I will appeal my sentence to the last, including The Supreme Court of Russian Federation. I do not admit guilt and will not plead guilty. I have principles upon which I will stand," - Tolokonnikova said during the hearing.

In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a punk rock prayer in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.

In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow sentenced Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in a prison settlement on charges of hooliganism.

In October 2012, the Moscow City Court suspended Samutsevich's sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.

The sentences of Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were upheld.

In April 2013, the Zubova Polyana District Court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonnikova's request for parole. Alyokhina's request for parole was rejected by the Berezniki court on May 23.

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Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova will not plead guilty

11:21 26/07/2013 Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova stated during her parole hearing that she will not plead guilty to her hooliganism charge, and will continue to appeal her sentence.
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