Two Jailed Pussy Riot Members To Serve Sentences In The Most Brutal Of Prison Camps

The two jailed members of punk protest group Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will serve the remainder of their 2-year sentences at the most “brutal camps of all possible options” according to other band members.

They have been sent to Russian penal colonies in regions that are well-known for hosting multiple prison camps including Soviet Union-era gulags.

Last week, a judge ruled that Yekaterina Samutsevich (the third Pussy Riot member who was jailed) was not involved in the anti-Putin protest earlier in the year that got all 3 women arrested on charges of “hooliganism” and remanded in custody.
Despite the support of a number of high profile Western celebrities and human rights campaigners and Russian PM Dmitry Medvedev’s recent statement that he believed the trio had been “too harshly punished for their actions” the judge at the hearing ordered Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova to serve the remainder of their sentence.

Pussy Riot lawyers have said that Maria Alyokhina was sent to Perm and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to Mordovia. But prison officials have not revealed exactly which camps the women will be imprisoned in.
After the hearing, a tweet from the Pussy Riot band account claimed that they had been sent to the “most brutal camps of all possible options.”

Former colony prisoners have said that the places are archaic and rooms are often shared by 30 and 40 people. It is said that prisoners spend the majority of their time hunched over sewing machines and exercise in 22-degree weather.

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