Pussy Riot Members Sent to Prison Colonies

Russia sends remaining 2 members hundreds of miles from capital

By Newser Editors and Wire Services

Posted Oct 22, 2012 12:27 PM CDT

(Newser) – A lawyer for the two jailed Pussy Riot band members says they have been transferred to prison colonies hundreds of miles from Moscow to serve their sentences. Mark Feygin said today that Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were transferred over the weekend from the Moscow prison where they were kept since March. Feygin said prison authorities informed him that Alekhina had been sent to the Perm region in the Urals and Tolokonnikova to the central province of Mordovia. He could not confirm the information with his clients.

Alekhina, Tolokonnikova, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred in August for performing a protest "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral in February, and given two-year sentences. Samutsevich was released on appeal earlier this month. The AP earlier had a look at what awaits Alekhina and Tolokonnikova in the prison colonies.

Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich speaks during an interview in the Echo of Moscow radio station in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.
Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich speaks during an interview in the Echo of Moscow radio station in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Oct. 12, 2012.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
Pussy Riot members, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a courtroom in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.
Pussy Riot members, from left, Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alekhina, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sit in a courtroom in Moscow, Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)
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