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Pussy Riot Members Sent to Russian Prison Colonies

Protestors will serve remainder of sentences in separate camps

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the band Pussy Riot.
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October 22, 2012 9:50 AM ET

The two remaining jailed members of Pussy Riot were transferred hundreds of miles from their former Moscow prison over the weekend to serve the rest of their sentences, The Associated Press reports. A lawyer for the group, Mark Feygin, said Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were moved over the weekend from their previous post in Moscow, where they had been held since March. He was informed by authorities that Alyokhina was transferred to the Perm region in the Urals, while Tolokonnikova was transferred to the central province of Mordovia, but has not confirmed the information with either client.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are serving two-year sentences for hooliganism, in connection with a punk-rock protest they conducted in February against Russian president Vladimir Putin. A third member of Pussy Riot, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was also convicted, though she was freed earlier this month on appeal.

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