Two Pussy Riot Members Shipped to Soviet-Era Russian Prison Camps

5:22 AM PST 10/22/2012 by Jordan Zakarin
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"Of all the possible options, these are the most brutal prison camps," the band said on Twitter.

Less than two weeks after an unexpected victory that sent one of their members home, the two still-jailed members of Russian rocker-activist group Pussy Riot are headed toward a surprise misery.

The band announced on its Twitter page early monday that Nadya Tolokonnikova was sent to a prison camp in Mordovia, while Maria Alyokhina was shipped to a similar institution in Perm. The two cities, located in the freezing central region of Siberia, host some of the hardest Soviet-era prison camps in the country, reserved for dangerous and political criminals.

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On October 10, a third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released, as she claimed that she was not really part of the flash protest concert put on by the group at Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in April; the punk hijacking of the state-supporting church led to the three's conviction for "hooliganism" in mid-August.

The verdict galvanized political protestors in Russia and across Europe; during the trial, a cadre of international celebrities, including Paul McCartney, called for the charges to be dropped, and upon their conviction, they have received support from the likes of Madonna and Bjork.

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