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Jailed Pussy Riot member asks for solitary confinement

Last Updated: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 21:02

Moscow: One of the two jailed members of the Pussy Riot group, Maria Alyokhina, will be placed in solitary confinement for the next three months at her own request, a regional prisons spokesperson told RIA Novosti Friday.

Alyokhina, 24, one of three Pussy Riot members sentenced to two years in prison last August for their raucous performance in Moscow`s main Orthodox cathedral, is serving out her two-year sentence in a penal colony in the Perm region, some 700 miles from Moscow.

She asked to be isolated from her fellow inmates over "strained relations", the spokesperson said. A vegan, Alyokhina earlier complained about the meat-based diet at the colony.

Along with 23-year-old Nadia Tolokonnikova, she has been jailed since her arrest in March. The third member, Ekaterina Samutsevich, 30, was released after an appeal hearing Oct 10.

A controversial row erupted recently between the women and their now former lawyers, in which both sides traded accusations over a bid to have the group`s name and image patented.
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First Published: Friday, November 23, 2012 - 21:00

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