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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.

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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. (Read more Pussy Riot stories.)

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