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Maria Alekhina asks not to be moved to another penal colony

4 April 2013 


Source: HRO.org (info)
Maria Alekhina, sentenced to two years in prison for her part in a performance by the Pussy Riot music group, has called on the head of Penal Colony No. 28 not to transfer her to another penal colony, Izvestiya reported on 3 April, citing Alekhina’s lawyer Irina Khrunova. "Maria is against being moved to another colony. My client does not want to go through the process of being moved from one place to another again. Moreover, she has already established relations with the head of the colony and with the other prisoners,” her lawyer explained.

Kasparov.ru reports that Irina Khrunova has said she believes that the prosecutors are acting in the interests of the penitentiary authorities.

"This is because neither the prison authorities nor the prosecutors want Maria Alekhina to be on their territory. This is because my client is actively fighting for her rights, and also the rights of other prisoners. She is giving publicity to on-going violations,” she said.

Earlier prosecutors in Perm region had demanded that Maria Alekhina be transferred to another penal colony on the grounds of her personal safety.

Prosecutors have already issued a formal criticism of the head of Penal Colony No. 28 on the grounds that Alekhina was serving her sentence together with recidivists. Moreover, prosecutors and the management of the penal colony confirmed that Maria Alekhina’s letters had been unlawfully subject to censorship.

On 21 February 2012 a number of participants in the punk music group Pussy Riot, their faces covered with masks, put on an anti-Putin performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour, which included singing a ‘punk prayer’ of their own devising, ‘Mother of God, Drive out Putin!’ Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were both sentenced to two years imprisonment on charges of taking part in the punk prayer. The two-year sentence initially handed down to a third member of the group, Ekaterina Samutsevich, was later transmuted to a suspended sentence on appeal. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is serving her sentence in Women’s Penal Colony No. 14 in Mordovia. Maria Alekhina was sent to Penal Colony No. 28. Both women have young children.
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