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two-year sentence for a raucous protest against President Vladimir Putin.

Punk band member Maria Alyokhina has experienced tensions with other inmates as she serves a two-year sentence for a raucous protest against President Vladimir Putin.

 

MOSCOW - Jailed Pussy Riot punk protester Maria Alyokhina has been moved to a single-person cell at her own request because of tensions with follow prisoners, Russia's federal penitentiary service said on Friday.

Alyokhina, 24, is serving a two-year sentence for a raucous protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main Russian Orthodox cathedral. Activists said her trial, and that of two band mates, was part of a crackdown on dissent.

"Some tensions arose in relationships and, apparently to prevent this situation from escalating, she decided to submit a request to the prison leadership and they moved her to a one-person cell," a prison service spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman dismissed Russian media reports Alyokhina argued with inmates over religion at the Ural Mountains prison about 1,150 km (715 miles) northeast of Moscow. Pussy Riot's protest offended many members of Russia's Orthodox Church.

The spokeswoman also said she had no information regarding a report on the tabloid-style Life News website that Alyokhina had received violent threats from cell mates.

Alyokhina's main meal is taken to her cell and she is accompanied by a guard when she leaves it, the spokeswoman said.

Alyokhina and two band mates were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their "punk prayer", which the dominant Russian Orthodox Church has cast as part of a concerted attack on the church and the faithful.

The women said the protest, in which they burst into Christ the Saviour Cathedral and called on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin, was not motivated by hatred and was meant to mock the church leadership's support for the longtime leader.

Putin, a former KGB officer who has cultivated close ties with the church over 13 years in power, has rejected criticism from the United States and European leaders who called the two-year sentences disproportionate.

Alyokhina, who has a young son, argued with the judge and cross-examined witnesses during her trial.

Her band mate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, is serving her sentence in a different prison. Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, was freed last month when a court suspended her sentence on appeal

"Some tensions arose in relationships and, apparently to prevent this situation from escalating, she decided to submit a request to the prison leadership and they moved her to a one-person cell," a federal prison service spokeswoman said.

The spokeswoman dismissed Russian media reports Alyokhina argued with inmates over religion at the Ural Mountains prison about 1,150 km (715 miles) northeast of Moscow. Pussy Riot's protest offended many members of Russia's Orthodox Church.

The spokeswoman also said she had no information regarding a report on the tabloid-style Life News website that Alyokhina had received violent threats from cell mates.

Alyokhina's main meal is taken to her cell and she is accompanied by a guard when she leaves it, the spokeswoman said.

 

Alyokhina and two band mates were convicted in August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for their "punk prayer", which the dominant Russian Orthodox Church has cast as part of a concerted attack on the church and the faithful.

The women said the protest, in which they burst into Christ the Saviour Cathedral and called on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin, was not motivated by hatred and was meant to mock the church leadership's support for the longtime leader.

Putin, a former KGB officer who has cultivated close ties with the church over 13 years in power, has rejected criticism from the United States and European leaders who called the two-year sentences disproportionate.

Alyokhina, who has a young son, argued with the judge and cross-examined witnesses during her trial.

Her band mate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, is serving her sentence in a different prison. Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, was freed last month when a court suspended her sentence on appeal.

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  • 2 months ago

    THCCKINGJON

    what price for liberty....?

    What Cost for on Humans to pay ?

  • 2 months ago

    THCCKINGJON

    New York concert defies Putin on eve of Sochi

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    The performance highlighted soaring tensions between Russia and the United States, which drastically deteriorated when Moscow granted asylum to US intelligence leaker Edward Snowden last year.

    US pop icon Madonna hailed the courage and fearlessness of punk heroines Maria Alyokhina, 25, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, who were released from Russian penal colonies last December.

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    The US pop superstar will on Wednesday introduce Maria Alyokhina, 25, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, at a star-studded Amnesty International concert featuring Bob Geldof and Blondie.

    The United States is the latest stop on a whirlwind international tour that has taken them to Asia and Europe since their release from a 21-month jail sentence in Russia last December.

    Their protest stunt inside a Moscow cathedral, subsequent trial and imprisonment has jettisoned the attractive women into symbols of bravery and peaceful dissent in Russia, much admired abroad.seansrussiablog.org
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    They have vowed to use their freedom to found a human rights organization, speaking out for feminism, gay rights, political transparency and better treatment for prisoners.

    At a news conference at Amnesty's New York offices, they were asked what they would like to say to US President Barack Obama and Putin

  • 6 months ago

    THCCKINGJON

    Nov. 2, 2013 10:35 AM ET
    Pussy Riot member sent to new prison

     

     

    (AP) — The Interfax news agency cites Russia's prison service as saying Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being sent to a new penal colony.

     

    The report Saturday comes after complaints by her husband that there had been no contact with Tolokonnikova in recent days.

     

    The Federal Penitentiary Service said Tolokonnikova was being sent to a new prison and that in accordance with regulations her family would be informed within 10 days of arrival, Interfax said. Service officials could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

     

    Tolokonnikova is serving two years following the band's politically provocative performance in Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral in 2012.

     

    She went on hunger strike to protest prison conditions in September and was hospitalized. The prison service said in mid-October that she would be moved.

     


     

     

    this Thursday, April 19, 2012 photo, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the female punk rocker band Pussy Riot stands in a defendants cage prior to a court hearing in Moscow, Russia. On Saturday, Nov. 1, 2013, the Interfax news agency cited Russia's prison service as saying Tolokonnikova is being sent to a new penal colony. The report comes after complaints by her husband that there had been no contact with Tolokonnikova in recent days.Tolokonnikova is serving two years following the band's politically provocative performance in Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral in 2012. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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