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Russian court denies parole to Pussy Riot's Alekhina

Pussy Riot punk group member Maria Alekhina. Photo:AP  

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 defense not to participate.

Band members Alekhina, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were convicted of hooliganism for an ‘irreverent protest’ carried out against President Vladimir Putin.

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.

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