2 Pussy Riot members sent to prison camps: attorney
October 23, 2012, 12:01 am TWN
MOSCOW--Two Pussy Riot feminist punk band members have been taken to remote Russian prison camps after a court upheld their two-year sentences for mocking President Vladimir Putin in church, their lawyer said Monday.
“Nadya Tolokonnikova has been sent to Mordovia, and Maria Alyokhina to Perm,” defense lawyer Violetta Volkova told AFP.
The Perm region in the Urals mountains and Mordovia in central Russia host a vast network of prison camps dating back to the Soviet era and infamous for their tough conditions.
The capital of the Perm region, Perm, is around 1,400 kilometers (870 miles) from Moscow, while the regional capital of Mordovia, Saransk, is around 640 kilometers (398 miles) from Moscow.