Russian court denies parole for Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova - Reverb

Russian court denies parole for Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, sits behind bars at a district court in Zubova Polyana 440 km southeast of Moscow in Russia's province of Mordovia, Friday, April 26, 2013.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, sits behind bars at a district court in Zubova Polyana 440 km southeast of Moscow in Russia’s province of Mordovia, Friday, April 26, 2013.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot, was denied parole by a court in the Russian republic of Mordovia, according to Russian news service RT.

Tolokonnikova, along with fellow band members Maria Alyokhina and Ekaterina Samutsevich, were taken into custody in March 2012 following a protest at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral, Russia’s most well-known Orthodox Church.

All three members were sentenced to two years in prison in August, though Samutsevich’s sentence was later suspended.

Watch a video for Pussy Riot’s “Punk Prayer” below:

 

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Nic Turiciano is a writer and photographer in Fort Collins who is also an intern at the Denver Post. You can follow him on Twitter at @nic_turishawno or email him at nturiciano@gmail.com.