Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova appeals parole bid denial
MOSCOW, May 6 (RAPSI) - Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonikova who is serving a two-year sentence for a "punk prayer" has appealed the court ruling denying her release on parole, her attorney Irina Khrunova told RAPSI on Monday.
The date of the hearing in the Supreme Court of Mordovia has yet to be scheduled, Khrunova said.
On April 26, a district court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonikova's request for parole.
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.