2013-02-08 10:00:00

Convicted Pussy Riot women to seek parole in spring

Moscow, February 8, Interfax - The defense lawyers for the convicted Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were sentenced to two years in prison for their stunt at Cathedral of Christ the Savior, are preparing to file a request for parole.

"They will need to begin preparing for parole 1-2 months prior to the date when they become eligible for parole. Work is being done and the needed documents are being gathered. Everything will be done on time," the girls' lawyer Irina Khrunova told Interfax.

"In accordance with the sentence, they will become eligible for parole on March 3-4, but document processing will naturally take some time," Khrunova said.

Alyokhina has received a number of reprimands in the penal colony, which she is trying to contest. Complaints made by the penal colony she is in now may become grounds for denial of parole, but the final decision will be made by a court, where an appropriate request has been filed.

On Thursday, it became known that the lawyers for the convicted Pussy Riot members filed a complaint with the European Court of Human Rights alleging violations the lawyers believe took place during their prosecution and trial.