Sad news today for Pussy Riot's Maria Alekhina, as she lost an appeal to defer her two-year prison sentence.

Exclaim reports that despite a call for release from Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev, and Yekaterina Samutsevich having her sentence suspended, Alekhina wasn't quite as lucky, despite the fact that she has a five-year-old son.

David Diaz-Jogeix from Amnesty International released the following statement:

Today's court ruling is a further travesty of justice. The three Pussy Riot singers should not have been prosecuted in the first place. Today's decision has proven again that the Russian authorities are uncompromising in their suppression of freedom of expression.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova should be released, immediately and unconditionally, while the suspended sentence of [Yekaterina] Samutsevich should be overturned.

Today's verdict is in line with the suppressive policies of the Russian authorities, stifling dissent in any form.

For one stunt, clearly within their right to freedom of expression, the three punk singers had to endure months of humiliation and hardship in detention — something that continues for Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.