Prosecutors seek to transfer Pussy Riot's Alyokhina to different prison
MOSCOW, April 3 - RAPSI. The Perm Territorial Prosecutor's Office has asked for Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina to be transferred to a different prison for safety reasons, the Kommersant business daily reports on Wednesday.
Alyokhina is serving a two year sentence for hooliganism after taking part in Pussy Riot's "punk prayer" at the Christ the Savior Cathedral.
She and her attorneys have complained that her section is comprised of both hard-core criminals and individuals imprisoned for the first time.
In November, Alyokhina was moved to solitary confinement. The prison administration allowed her to remain there for another 90 days after her first maximum term in isolation expired.
The prosecutors, however, considered that decision a violation of the rules, because the law does not allow a repeat transfer to safer quarters in the same prison. As a result, the prosecutors have suggested moving Alyokhina to a different prison instead.
The local state penitentiary department said no decision has been made on Alyokhina's transfer.
In late February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a "punk-style" political prayer in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public uproar.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and fellow band member Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested shortly thereafter. On Aug. 17, 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court sentenced them to two years in a prison settlement for hooliganism. On Oct. 10, 2012, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's sentence to a suspended sentence, and released her immediately, based on her new attorneys' argument that she was seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar and did not actually take part in the demonstration.
Alyokhina's and Tolokonnikova's sentences were upheld.