Pussy Riot Members Sent To Prison Camps

artist: Pussy Riot date: 10/23/2012 category: music news
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Pussy Riot Members Sent To Prison Camps
BBC is today reporting that the two convicted women from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are currently on their way to two prison camps east of Moscow. The conditions in the two camps, in Perm and Mordovia, are reported to be tough. They were used for mass prison colonies during the Soviet era. Maria Alyokhina (24) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (22) were both jailed for two years back in August, after singing an anti-Kremlin song in a cathedral as an act of protest. The pair were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" because of the "punk prayer" that they performed in Moscow's Christ the Savior cathedral on February 21st. The prison sentence given to the two women has been widely condemned. The Pussy Riot group on Twitter posted the following message with regard to the band members' transfer: "At the weekend Nadya [Tolokonnikova] was sent on a special flight to Mordovia, while Masha [Alyokhina] was sent to Perm region. Those are cruellest camps of any that could have been chosen." As Ultimate-Guitar has reported one member of the band - Yekaterina Samutsevich - was freed with a suspended jail sentence after the band appealed their case on October 10th. However, the other two band members lost their appeal against the sentence, in spite of the plea that their sentences be deferred. It had been argued that the two women, who both have young children, should not go to jail until their children had reached 14. Alyokhina has a five-year-old son, Filipp, and Tolokonnikova has a four-year-old daughter, called Gera. Samutsevich as vowed to continue the group's fight against the Russian authorities: "We are not finished. We have to act in such a way so that they (Russian authorities) do not learn about the concerts ahead of time, and be caught and jailed afterwards."
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