A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina (2nd L) is escorted before a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
Russian court rejects Pussy Riot protester's bid for release
Posted : Wednesday, 16 January 2013 09:57AM
MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court on Wednesday rejected a plea to release Pussy Riot punk band member Maria Alyokhina from prison where she is serving a two-year sentence for protesting in a Moscow cathedral, RIA news agency reported.
"The court has ruled against granting the request," state-run RIA quoted the judge as saying. Alyokhina, 24, had asked to be freed to be with her five-year-old son and serve the remainder of the sentence when he is older.
(Writing by Steve Gutterman; Editing by Louise Ireland)
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