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Russian punks appeal for community service

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Aug 23, 2013 | 2:03pm EDT

The jailed members of Russian punk act Pussy Riot have filed a request to replace the remainder of their two year prison sentence with community service. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who began their stint behind bars last spring (12) and were convicted of hooliganism in August (12) following a protest gig in a Moscow cathedral, are hoping to take advantage of a clause in Russian law that would allow them to return to their families. The rockers' lawyer, Irina Khrunova, has petitioned Russian authorities asking them to consider allowing her clients to serve out the rest of their prison term as community volunteers - a clause that is available to non-violent criminals. Otherwise, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina, who were denied parole earlier this summer (13), won't be walking free until March (14). Khrunova insists the fact that the two feminist punks have small children at home will aid their latest bid to get out of prison. Russian actress Chulpan Khamatova has already offered the jailed Pussy Riot stars a job with her charity Podari Zhizn if they are handed community service.

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