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Published On: Mon, Oct 22nd, 2012

Pussy Riot members shipped to Russian prison camps east of Moscow

Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, convicted in August on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” following a performance critical of president Vladimir Putin, have been moved to remote prison camps within the country, according to reports.

Pussy Riot 2012 photo by Igor Mukhin

The U.K.’s Guardian newspaper wrote on Monday that Alyokhina will serve out the remainder of her two-year term in a women’s prison camp in Perm, “a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of the Soviet Union’s harshest camps.” Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, a region of the county that is also home to several camps.

“These are the harshest camps of all the possible choices,” Pussy Riot said on its Twitter account Monday.

 Mark Feigin, was quoted as saying “lawyer Violetta Volkova was told by phone in the SIZO [special prison] that the girls had been transported”.

The authorities have not confirmed the women’s transfer, nor is it clear which precise camps they will be housed in.

 

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