Russian prison wins libel lawsuit against newspaper and Pussy Riot member
MOSCOW, July 23 (RAPSI) – The Izmailovsky District Court of Moscow has partially granted a libel lawsuit filed by the Nizhny Novgorod prison №2 against Sobesednik newspaper and member of the Pussy Riot group Maria Alyokhina, who wrote an article about the prison, the press-service of the court has told RAPSI.
The article reportedly tells of inmates’ labor conditions in the Nizhny Novgorod female penal colony where the Pussy Riot member served her sentence.
The court recovered 3,000 rubles ($48) from the newspaper and dismissed the rest of the demands.
Notably, the information in the article, including a statement that the working day in the penal colony lasted 12 instead of 8 hours, or that inmates were paid virtually no wages, was found to be false and discrediting.
Feminist punk group Pussy Riot became known in February 2012, when Alyokhina along with four other 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.