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Tolokonnikova appealed to Russians for understanding:

“I don’t consider myself guilty. But again I ask all those who are listening to me for the last time: I don’t want people to be angry at me: Yes, I’m going to prison, but I don’t want anyone to think that there is any hatred in me.”

The court refused the defense lawyers’ request to take into consideration that Tolokonnikova and Alekhina both have a young child.

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Mansur Mirovalev, Max Seddon and Lynn Berry contributed to this report.