Where are they taking Maria Alekhina?

posted 20 Jul 2013, 08:01 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 20 Jul 2013, 08:06 ]
15 July 2013 

Source: HRO.org (info)
Convicted member of the female punk rock group Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina, was transferred to Solikamsk and informed of the order, according to which she is no longer allowed to work in Penal Colony No. 28 in the city of Berezniki in Perm region, NEWSru.com reports, citing Alekhina’s lawyer, Irina Khrunova.

"This most likely means that she is not coming back," Interfax quoted Khrunova as saying. “Now Maria is in Solikamsk and will be there until Tuesday, and then she will be transferred to Perm. Where next is unknown."

Earlier, Alekhina's lawyers anticipated their client would be sent from Solikamsk to one of the penal colonies in Nizhny Novgorod region. Her supporters from the art group Voina also thought this would be the case, stating that the “emergency decision” to “transfer” Alekhina was made “because of dissatisfaction with the attitude of the penal colony in Berezniki towards Maria,” but she herself had not been warned about this in advance.

Meanwhile, the press service of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Perm region announced that Alekhina was being taken to Perm Region Court for the hearing of her appeal against the decision of Berezniki City Court of 23 May, by which Alekhina, who had taken part in the controversial anti-Putin punk prayer in the capital’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in February 2012, was denied parole. The appeal is scheduled for 24 July.

Alekhina’s lawyers asserted for their part that, in the first place, the court had not asked for this transfer, and secondly, this sudden decision, on the contrary, could disrupt the scheduled hearing. Her defence regards the court's decision to deny Alekhina parole to be "unlawful and unjustified."