Alyokhina had hoped to serve out her sentence after her son, Filipp, becomes a teenager. She argued thatseparatingher from the boy at this early stage in his life would be psychologically damaging. But she wasn't willing to plead guilty in exchange for a sentence deferral. "No one will force me to say I'm guiltyI have nothing to repent for," Alyokhina said. The judge turned down her appeal, saying that the court responsible for her sentencing already knew about the effect it would have on her son.
It's not like anyone was really expecting Alyokhina'sdeferralto be granted. 'sDmitry Kozlov and Nataliya Vasilyeva, "Sentence deferrals are uncommon. In fact, there are several prison colonies for female convicts with small children who raise their babies behind bars." ButAlyokhina at least had a strong showing of support. A few dozen journalists and supporters came all the way to Bereznikia small town way out in the Ural mountainsfor theemotionalhearing.
For those keeping track of the fates dealt toeach of the three convicted Pussy Riot members, Alyoknia is now scheduled to serve the rest of her two year sentence in Perm, far away from her young son; Nadya Tolokonnikova is still behind bars 400 miles from Moscow; andYekaterina Samutsevich remains free on a suspended sentence afterand convincing the judge to lower her punishment since guards threw her out of Christ the Savior Cathedral before Pussy Riot's "punk prayer" began. Apparently no one's listening to Dmitry Medvedev, whoalong with countless Pussy Riot supporters around the worldhasa couple times already.
Inset photo:Maria Alyokhina just after her sentencedeferralwas denied ( via Instagram).