Court denies Pussy Riot's Alekhina parole

2013-05-23 16:31
Moscow - A Russian court has denied parole to a member of the Pussy Riot punk group.

In its ruling on Thursday, the court accepted a claim by prosecutors that Maria Alekhina had systematically disobeyed prison authorities and failed to repent for her crime, Russian media reported.

Alekhina went on a hunger strike on Wednesday after being barred from the court hearing in Perm province, and she ordered her defence not to participate.

Band members Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich gained worldwide notoriety last year when a Moscow court jailed them for two years for conducting a punk protest in Moscow's main cathedral.

Samtusevich was later released on appeal.

Alekina's lawyer said she would appeal Thursday's court's decision.

A court in the province of Mordovia denied Tolokonnikova parole last month.