Prison guards used force against Pussy Riot's Alyokhina
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NIZHNY NOVGOROD/MOSCOW, July 18 (RAPSI) - Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has not fulfill the legitimate demand of the prison guards, and they were obliged to commit an act of coercion, Stanislav Volegov, a spokesman for the Federal Penitentiary Service in the Perm Territory, told RIA Novosti on Thursday.
Alyokhina did not receive injuries, and she is actually being transferred to Perm, Volegov said.
Meanwhile, attorney Irina Khrunova told RAPSI that prison guards used force to transfer Alyokhina to another prison.
On July 12, Khrunova told RAPSI, that Alyokhina has been moved from the prison in Berezniki to a remand center in Solikamsk, the third largest city in Perm Territory. Then she will be transferred to Perm to attend the parole hearing, the lawyer said later.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a punk rock prayer in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow sentenced Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in a prison settlement on charges of hooliganism.
In October 2012, the Moscow City Court suspended Samutsevich's sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.
The sentences of Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were upheld.
In April 2013, the Zubova Polyana District Court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonnikova's request for parole. Alyokhina's request for parole was rejected by the Berezniki court on May 23.
Alyokhina went on a hunger strike which lasted 11 days to protest against the fact the she was not allowed to attend the hearing into her parole request.