Pussy Riot Pussy Riot member and anti-Putin activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been denied early release from prison, The Guardian reports.

Explaining the court's position, Judge Lidiya Yakovleva maintained that Tolokonnikova had "not always followed the rules of behaviour" during her time in the IK-14 women's penal colony, where she has been imprisoned since being convicted on charges of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' last year.

Three members of Pussy Riot were convicted in July of 2012, over a short protest performance in Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral. They had been held since March the 3rd of the same year, the day before the Russian presidential election.

Yekaterina Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence following an October appeal, and subsequently released. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina continue their two year sentences at separate penal colonies.

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