Punk band member moved to solitary cell
MOSCOW — Russian prison officials say one of the jailed members of a punk band has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates.
Federal Penitentiary Service spokesman Stanislav Volegov said on Rain TV on Friday that Maria Alekhina was moved into a “safe” cell at her own request.
Other prison officials said, according to Russian news wires, that Alekhina made the request over her perception that fellow prisoners had a negative attitude to her.
Alekhina and two other band members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were sentenced in August to two years in prison on hooliganism charges for performing a “punk prayer” against President Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s main cathedral.
Ms. Samutsevich was released on appeal, but Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are serving their sentences in prison camps.
• From wire dispatches and staff reports