Pussy Riot members moved to prison camps!

The imprisoned members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot have been dispersed to different gaol camps throughout the country, despite making pleas to remain close to their families.

Pussy Riot members

Just in case you needed a bit more evidence that the Russian justice system is non-existent, here you are…

The two imprisoned members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been sent off to gaol camps far distanced from Moscow, where their families and supporters are mostly concentrated.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment in August. The arrest came after the group staged a “punk prayer” in the Russian Orthodox Cathedral, begging the Virgin Mary to rid the country of Vladimir Putin. Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova lost their appeals on Oct. 10.

Although the women’s lawyers have argued that the two should be permitted to serve their sentences in Moscow, closer to their young children, that request was ignored. It is uncertain which work camps the women have been sent to, but the relatives are required by law to be notified once they arrive at their respective locations.

According to former collaborators, Tolokonnikova is being sent to a camp in Mordovia, some 500 kilometres east of Moscow, while Alyokhina is being transported to the Perm region, 1,100 kilometres east of home.

In case you’re wondering, these are the same camps used in the Soviet era to imprison… well, everyone. So if the Russian government is looking for a way to silence the girls, this will do it. Take them away from their supporters/activists, friends and family, and their courage may falter. Or better yet, they will be forgotten, right? Behold, the glory of Russian justice.

The band has garnered worldwide attention for its protest and subsequent arrest, considered unjust by the West. Celebrity supporters include Madonna, Sting and Paul McCartney. Not too shabby. We wonder if Mr. Putin has any sympathizers in the celebrity world… 

The third member arrested, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was given a suspended two-year-sentence after appealing her conviction, since she had been pulled away from the cathedral altar before the stunt began. The remaining two of the five-member group have fled the country for safety.

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