Pussy Rioter in Solitary Cell Amid 'Tensions'

Cellmates threatened Maria Alekhina: tabloid

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 23, 2012 11:58 AM CST

(Newser) – Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina wasn't getting along with her fellow prisoners—so she's been moved to a cell of her own. Alekhina requested the transfer after "some tensions arose in relationships"; she moved "to prevent this situation from escalating," says a prison rep. Russian media have suggested that the prisoners were having religious arguments, but the rep says that's not true. The spokeswoman wouldn't comment on a tabloid news site's report claiming Alekhina's cellmates made violent threats, Reuters notes.

In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Maria Alekhina sits in a glass cage at a courtroom in Moscow.
In this Wednesday, Oct. 10, 2012 file photo, Maria Alekhina sits in a glass cage at a courtroom in Moscow.   (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev, File)
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