October 22, 2012 17:19

Jailed members of Pussy Riot sent away to prison camps

The two remaining imprisoned members of Russian punk group have been sent away from Moscow

Jailed members of Pussy Riot sent away to prison camps

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The two remaining jailed members of Pussy Riot have been sent to prisons far away from Moscow, despite requesting to serve their terms in the capital.

Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" in August following an impromptu gig at Moscow's main cathedral in protest against Vladimir Putin's re-election and sentenced to two years in jail. Their punishment that has seen condemnation across the music world with a raft of artists including Paul McCartney, Bjork and Madonna speaking out against the harsh verdict.

The women's lawyers tried to argue that they should remain in jail in Moscow, to be closer to their small children, however their lawyer has now told Reuters that they are being sent away.

Some unconfirmed reports have claimed that Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, about 500 km (300 miles) east of Moscow, and Alyokhina to the Perm region, which is about 1,100 km (700 miles) east of the capital.

Earlier this month (October 10), one of the three jailed members of Pussy Riot – Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal after her lawyers successfully argued that she hadn't even managed to take her guitar out of its case before being kicked out of the cathedral.

You can read an interview with Yekaterina Samutsevich in this week's NME which will be on newsstands from Wednesday (October 24) or available digitally.

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