Russian court turns down Pussy Riot appeal
Berezniki: A Russian court has turned down the attempt by an imprisoned member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band to defer serving her sentence until her preschool son becomes a teenager.
Maria Alekhina today asked the court to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence after her 5-year-old son turns 14, arguing that separation from her child now will do irreparable psychological damage.
She was convicted last year along with two other band members of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Russia's main cathedral. One of the women had her sentence suspended on appeal.
Judge Galina Yefremova rejected the petition, saying the court that sentenced Alekhina had already taken the child's existence into account.