RAPSI The Perm Territory Court has dismissed Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina's appeal against the Berezniki City Court's decision to reject her deferment plea, the court spokesperson told RIA Novosti on Monday.

The Berezniki court concluded in mid January that the fact that Alyokhina has a small child had been taken into account by the Khamovniki District Court in Moscow which passed the original verdict on the three members of the Pussy Riot punk group last August, and that no new arguments had been provided to justify the mitigation of her punishment.

Alyokhina and her lawyers also appealed to the Berezniki court to invalidate the four penalties levied on her in prison, in particular for violating the prison routine.

The court invalidated two of the penalties, one for getting up late and the other for uncivil behavior towards a prison employee, and upheld the other two penalties, one for getting up late and the other for handing private correspondence over to a lawyer.

Alyokhina was placed in solitary confinement in November 2012 upon her own request after she complained that she had problems with her cellmates. She will remain in solitary confinement for three more months for safety reasons.

Photo of Masha via video link in Perm Regional Court from the 1R-28 by Petya Verzilov.

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