Pussy Riot members reach prison
MOSCOW/NIZHNY NOVGOROD, October 24 - RAPSI, Diana Gutsul. Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were earlier sentenced to two years in prison for disorderly conduct, have reached the prisons where they will serve their sentences, their attorney Violetta Volkova told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI/rapsinews.com) on Wednesday.
"Tolokonnikova has been delivered to a prison in Mordovia and Alyokhina to a prison in Perm," the lawyer said. "This information is unofficial. We have no official information yet. I learned the information from my own sources, who have not checked its validity."
In late February, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas performed a "punk-style" prayer at the altar of Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
The Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison on August 17.
Later, the Moscow City Court commuted fellow Pussy Riot member Yekaterina Samutsevich's sentence from two years in prison to immediate release on probation due to the fact that she was detained by security prior to reaching the stage, and did not participate in the punk rock prayer.