The Perm Territorial Court has declined to order the release on parole of Pussy Riot punk band member Maria Alyokhina, an Interfax correspondent reports from the courtroom.
It thus upheld the decision of the Berezniki City Court, which denied parole to Alyokhina on May 23. She will remain in the penitentiary.
Alyokhina participated in the court session in a videoconference format at first but decided to withdraw later.
Lawyer I. Khrunova said during the argument that inmates of the 28th penal colony in Berezniki where Alyokhina has been serving her prison sentence were being turned against her.
"The girls were shown a pornographic film and told that Alyokhina was in it although the character's face could not be seen," the lawyer said.
Khrunova added that the lawyers learned about the incident from the inmates the day before.
Several Pussy Riot members staged a performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow on February 21, 2012. The action caused great controversy in both Russia and abroad.
Three Pussy Riot members, i.e. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Yekaterina Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina were detained on disorderly conduct charges. The women refused to admit their guilt, saying that they did not intend to insult believers.
The Khamovnichesky Court found Tolokonnikova, Samutsevich, and Alyokhina guilty of disorderly conduct based on religious enmity and sentenced them to two years in prison each on August 17. The Moscow City Court later upheld Tolokonnikova's and Alyokhina's sentences and suspended Samutsevich's sentence.
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