Pussy Riot's Alyokhina moved to solitary after problems with cellmates
MOSCOW, November 23 - RAPSI. Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, who was convicted for disorderly conduct at the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, has been transferred to solitary upon her own request due to tensions with her cellmates, the Federal Penitentiary Service told RIA Novosti on Friday.
Alyokhina can stay there for as long as she wishes, or until the administration finds there is no threat to her livelihood, according to the service.
"Alyokhina asked to be transferred to solitary due to tensions with other convicts," it added.
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 - Nadezhda Tolokonniva, Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in prison on August 17.
Later, the Moscow City Court commuted fellow Pussy Riot member 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.