Another prison penalty imposed on Pussy Riot's Alyokhina overturned
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PERM, May 20 (RAPSI) – The Perm Territorial Court has overturned another penalty imposed on Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina in her prison in Berezniki, RIA Novosti reports on Monday.
The court has thus upheld in part her appeal against the Berezniki City Court's decision to overturn only two of the four penalties, one for getting up late and the other for uncivil behavior towards a prison employee. Two more penalties were upheld, one for getting up late and the other for handing private correspondence over to a lawyer.
The territorial court has overruled the lower court decision and invalidated the remaining oral reprimand for getting up late. The other part of appeal was rejected. As a result, all of the penalties except one – for handing private correspondence over to a lawyer – have been invalidated.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a "punk-style" prayer in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in central Moscow. 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 Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members - 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.