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PERM, April 15 - RAPSI. The Berezniki City Court in the Perm Territory has postponed the hearing of Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina's appeal to be released on parole until late May, a court official told RIA Novosti on Monday.
The decision was taken due to a lack of the necessary documents. The new hearing date will be scheduled after the court receives the documents, the source said.
Alyokhina's lawyers filed the appeal for early parole last week.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a "punk-style" prayer in the 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 sentenced Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova 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.
Alyokhina's and Tolokonnikova's sentences were upheld.