MOSCOW, November 20 (RAPSI) – The defense of a Russian punk group singer convicted last year of hooliganism for singing a song against President Putin will file a supervisory appeal against her sentence with the Supreme Court, her lawyer said Wednesday.
The appeal by Maria Alyokhina of the group Pussy Riot follows a similar appeal with the same court by another band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Russia’s Human Rights Commissioner Vladimir Lukin supported that application.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a “punk prayer” in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
In August 2012, a Moscow court sentenced Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members - Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in prison.
In October 2012, the Moscow City Court reduced Samutsevich's sentence to a suspended term and released her immediately, after her attorney successfully argued she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.
Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina’s sentences were upheld.