MOSCOW, December 24 – RAPSI. Convicted Pussy Riot member Maria Alyohkina has been reprimanded in prison once again for refusing to get up on time, Stanislav Volegov, a spokesman for the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Perm Territory, told RIA Novosti on Monday.
In November, Alyokhina was reprimanded when she refused to get up for the morning rise. Last Friday, media cited Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of convicted Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, as saying that Alyokhina was reprimanded twice for getting up late.
“Alyokhina was indeed reprimanded on December 20, so she has been reprimanded twice in the prison and twice in the pretrial detention center in Moscow,” Volegov said. He refuted allegations that the prison is intentionally creating conflict situations to punish Alyokhina.
“A junior inspector starts waking her up at six in the morning, but she intentionally refuses to obey his orders. Thus, she is deliberately not following internal regulations,” he said.
He stressed that Alyokhina is receiving individual educational instruction, so that she will start abiding by the rules and avoid conflicts and punishments.
The Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years in prison on August 17. The Moscow City Court later commuted 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 so did not actually participate in the protest.
The judge left Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina's sentences intact.