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Pussy Riot activist sentenced to community service for rally outside FSB headquarters

The judge found Alyokhina guilty of taking part in an unauthorized rally

MOSCOW, December 22. /TASS/. A district court in Moscow sentenced Pussy Riot member Marina Alyokhina to 40 hours of community service for rallying outside the headquarters of the Federal Security Service (FSB) earlier this week, a TASS correspondent reported from the courtroom.

The judge found Alyokhina guilty of taking part in an unsanctioned rally, which impeded traffic or obstructed the work of infrastructure and other important objects.

The activist denied all charges, saying that her actions "were not a rally, but a performance."

"I did not block the door and created no obstacles to anyone," she added.

On Wednesday, December 20, Alyokhina was detained after unfurling a banner in front of the FSB headquarters. Two photographers, who were taking footage of her protest, were also detained.

In August 2012, Moscow's Khamovniki District Court found three Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - guilty of hooliganism based on religious hatred during a controversial act at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Each of them was sentenced to two years in a general correctional facility. On October 10, 2012, the Moscow City Court changed the verdict for Samutsevich, handing her a suspended sentence. In late 2013, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were granted amnesty.