Pussy Riot motion for sentencing delay rejected
MOSCOW, October 19 - RAPSI. Moscow's Khamovnichesky District Court has dismissed a motion filed by Pussy Riot seeking permission to postpone serving their sentences until their young children reach the age of 14, the court told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) Thursday.
"The application filed by defense attorney Violetta Volkova has been returned to her as it does not fall within this district court's jurisdiction," said the court source.
Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova filed the motion Wednesday.
In late February, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas performed a "punk-style" prayer at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance that was posted on the Internet caused a public outcry.
The Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison on August 17.
Later, the Moscow City Court commuted fellow Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich's sentence from two years in prison to immediate release on probation due to the fact that she was detained by security prior to reaching the stage, and so did not actually participate in the protest.
The judge left Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences intact.