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NIZHNY NOVGOROD, August 5 (RAPSI) - Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been transferred from Perm to Nizhny Novgorod region. She will continue serving her sentence in one of the local prisons, the regional department of the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment told RIA Novosti on Monday.
On July 24, Alyokhina's latest bid for parole was denied by the Russia's Perm Region Court.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a punk rock prayer in Moscow's 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 in Moscow sentenced Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in a prison settlement on charges of hooliganism.
In October 2012, the Moscow City Court suspended Samutsevich's sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.
The sentences of Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were upheld.
In April 2013, the Zubova Polyana District Court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonnikova's request for parole. Alyokhina's request for parole was rejected by the Berezniki court on May 23.