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Russian court refuses release for jailed Pussy Riot member

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A jailed member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot has lost her parole battle.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will stay in prison after a regional court upheld an earlier decision not to free her.

She was jailed after performing a protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral.

Maria Alyokhina, the other band member serving a two-year sentence, had a similar attempt quashed in court on Wednesday.

The two women are being held in remote prison colonies following their conviction last August for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, over the protest in the Russian Orthodox Church of Christ the Saviour.