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A Russian court has denied Pussy Riot’s Maria Alekhina request to have her sentence deferred so she can take care of her young son. Via Exclaim:

Amnesty International representative David Diaz-Jogeix issued the following statement in response the court’s decision:

Today’s court ruling is a further travesty of justice. The three Pussy Riot singers should not have been prosecuted in the first place. Today’s decision has proven again that the Russian authorities are uncompromising in their suppression of freedom of expression.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova should be released, immediately and unconditionally, while the suspended sentence of [Yekaterina] Samutsevich should be overturned.

Today’s verdict is in line with the suppressive policies of the Russian authorities, stifling dissent in any form

For one stunt, clearly within their right to freedom of expression, the three punk singers had to endure months of humiliation and hardship in detention — something that continues for Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

The judge in the case said that Alekhina’s situation had already been considered in the initial sentence.





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