Pussy Riot member Alyokhina's sentence mitigation appeal set for Sep. 26
MOSCOW, September 3 (RAPSI) - Nizhny Novgorod's Avtozavodsky District Court will consider on September 26 a request filed by jailed Pussy Riot punk group member Maria Alyokhina to mitigate the remaining part of her sentence, lawyer Irina Khrunova told RAPSI Tuesday.
According to the motion, Alyokhina has discharged over half of the assigned term of punishment. It gives her a right for substitution of confinement by lighter punishment.
The full term of Alyokhina's sentence expires in March 2014.
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, Tolokonnikova and another Pussy Riot member - 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.
Alyokhina has been transferred earlier in August to serve her prison term to Nizhny Novgorod region while Tolokonnikova remains in Mordovia.