Pussy Riot Members Transferred To Russia’s Most Brutal Penal Colonies

What is the punishment for compelling performance art? Two years to be spent in cramped, dirty, cold “corrective labor” camps, with possible abuse from guards or inmates, the Guardian reports:

Two members of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot have been sent to remote prison camps to serve their sentences, the group has said. Maria Alyokhina, 24, will serve the rest of her two-year term at a women’s prison camp in Perm, a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of the Soviet Union’s harshest camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, has been sent to Mordovia, a region that also hosts a high number of prisons.

“These are the harshest camps of all the possible choices,” the band said via its Twitter accounty. They are expected to serve the rest of their sentences, which end in March 2014, in the camps, where conditions are reportedly dire.

Confusion reigned on Monday as relatives and lawyers tried to assess exactly where the women were sent. Both Perm and Mordovia host several prison camps, some of which comprised the Soviet-era gulag system. Prison authorities declined to comment on the women’s whereabouts.

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  • http://twitter.com/TedHeistman Ted Heistman

    In a way this is kind of awesome. I mean if you want street cred as an activist, what better way then spending time in the Gulag Archipelago?

    I mean its all fun and games until they send you to the Gulag.

  • InfvoCuernos

    So if they foment a riot in a women’s prison, wouldn’t they live up to their name?

  • Drew I.

    I agree with Ted Heistman. This bi*** looks pissed. I think shes gona be fine. That is pretty shitty tho.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Phillip-Schmitt/1590026226 James Phillip Schmitt

      I think it was eventually determined she wasn’t at the performance. she’s since been freed.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/James-Phillip-Schmitt/1590026226 James Phillip Schmitt

    I wanna go to “Pussy Riot Prison Camp”.

  • Tchoutoye

    Mordovia is not remote, especially not by Russian standards (it’s merely 200 miles from Moscow), and “most brutal” are the girls’ own words, to be taken with a pinch of salt.

  • phil barnes

    Nice comments…Russian prisons are awesome with the high rates of TB and all. Cold and cruel, Russia is still in the dark ages. Yeah, and the rest of western civ is also still in the dark ages.