Friday 18 January 2013, 12:43 | By

Pussy Riot appeal to defer sentence denied

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Pussy Riot

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, currently jailed for her part in a protest against Russian president Vladimir Putin last year, has been denied a request to defer her sentence in order to care for her five year old son. She had asked to serve her two year prison term when her son, Filipp, turns fourteen.

The Guardian reports that the judge ruling on the appeal said that there were “no new circumstances” to deliberate over, and that “the fact that Alyokhina has a young child was taken into account by Moscow’s Khamovnichesky court [when she was originally sentenced]”.

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