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Russian Prime Minister critical of Pussy Riot Sentence; Band member's husband denied visitation

By November 5, 2012

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Even as Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev is publicly criticizing the decision to send the two imprisoned members of the Russian punk feminist group Pussy Riot to remote labor camps, the situation looks decidedly despicable for the two women.

When the husband of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attempted to visit her at a labor camp in a region known for its Gulag camps in the '30s, he was turned away. Despite his bringing legal papers that should have entitled him to meet with her, he was told she was in quarantine.

Her lawyers are currently mounting another appeal that would suspend her sentence until her four-year-old daughter turns 14.

The camps are bleak places, reportedly presenting the prisoners with hard labor for long hours, along with clothing often unsuitable for the weather and substandard medical care.

Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina (the other convicted member of the group) are currently serving a two-year sentence after being found guilty of hooliganism for taking part in a protest performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February.

 

 

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