Feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sits in a glass enclosure at a court in Moscow, Russia in this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo. A court in Zubova Polyana opened the hearings on Tolokonnikova appeal for early release Friday morning, April 26, 2013, as dozens of journalists descended on this small town in the central province of Mordovia, home to a sprawling web of Soviet-era prison camps.
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published Friday, April 26th, 2013
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ZUBOVA POLYANA, Russia — A Russian court on Friday rejected a plea for early release from prison by a member of the feminist punk band Pussy Riot, whose provocative songs and prosecution have made them a symbol of the country’s opposition movement.