Pussy Riot Closing Statements
The two members of the Russian band Pussy Riot still behind bars have reportedly been sent to notoriously harsh prison camps to finish out their two-year terms. According to supporters, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are being placed in penal colonies known for having the worst conditions of all the possible facilities where they could have been jailed. Their prison is said to have insufficient medical supplies and no hot water despite subzero temperatures.
"The closing statements from Pussy Riot are so righteous and moving; these babes totally know they’re going to prison."
Three members of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist punk-rock band, began a hunger strike Wednesday after a Moscow court suddenly told them they must prepare their defense for trial by Monday.
Maria Alyokhina, Yakaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were taken into custody in March, after the group’s February performance of “Virgin Mary Put Putin Away,” an anti-Putin song, inside the Russian Orthodox Church’s main cathedral, asking the Virgin Mary to chase President Vladimir Putin out of power.
The three women were arrested over four months ago and have been held without bail on charges of criminal hooliganism — which carry a possible seven-year prison sentence. Two other female members of the band have avoided arrest thus far.