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Russian court rejects Pussy Riot protester's bid for release

Maria Alyokhina, a member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot", smiles inside the defendants' box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Maria Alyokhina, a member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot", smiles inside the defendants' box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

Maria Alyokhina, a member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot", smiles inside the defendants' box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina (2nd L) is escorted before a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina (2nd L) is escorted before a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina (2nd L) is escorted before a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina looks out from a defendants' box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. A Russian court on Wednesday rejected a plea to release Alyokhina from prison where she is serving a two-year sentence for protesting in a Moscow cathedral, RIA news agency reported. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina looks out from a defendants' box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. A Russian court on Wednesday rejected a plea to release...more

A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina looks out from a defendants' box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. A Russian court on Wednesday rejected a plea to release Alyokhina from prison where she is serving a two-year sentence for protesting in a Moscow cathedral, RIA news agency reported. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina holds documents inside a defendant's box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina holds documents inside a defendant's box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

A member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Maria Alyokhina holds documents inside a defendant's box during a court hearing in Berezniki in Perm region, near the Ural mountains, January 16, 2013. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin
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