Pussy Riot's Alyokhina calls off her milder penalty plea

Maria Alyokhina, one of the convicted members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, has called off her petition requesting that her prison term be replaced by a milder penalty, an Interfax correspondent reported from the Avtozavodsky District Court of Nizhny Novgorod.

Maria Alyokhina, one of the convicted members of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, has called off her petition requesting that her prison term be replaced by a milder penalty, an Interfax correspondent reported from the Avtozavodsky District Court of Nizhny Novgorod.

"I think it is unethical to appear before court at a time when the other Pussy Riot member is in the hospital. I have no moral right to take part in these proceedings when my friend Nadezhda Tolokonnikova does not have this opportunity because she is in the hospital or in the penal colony about which terrible things have been said. If the Russian authorities are ready to release me ahead of time, let them do so as part of the broad amnesty along with other convicted women who have young children," Alyokhina said at the court session on Friday.

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