Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova files another sentence mitigation motion
- Investigators extend probe in Tolokonnikova's claims of threats in prison
- Tolokonnikova ends hunger strike
- Investigators receive Tolokonnikova's complaint against exploitation of convicts
- Tolokonnikova's defense seeks prosecution of prison administration
- Pussy Riot member Tolokonnikova's request for transfer to another colony rejected
NIZHNY NOVGOROD, October 14 (RAPSI) – The documents necessary to hear a motion for the mitigation of sentence for jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have been filed with Zubovo-Polyansky court of Mordovia.
The hearings date has not been specified.
Tolokonnikova declared a hunger strike on September 23 and asked to initiate a criminal case against deputy warden, who allegedly threatened her with murder. The Federal Penitentiary Service claims that the hunger strike was initiated after after her demands to be comfortably accommodated in prison were rejected. The Pussy Riot member ended the strike on October, 1.
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 Tolokonnikova and two other Pussy Riot members - Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina - 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 had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.
The sentences of Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina 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 last May.