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Pussy Riot band member opens up about life in prison


Incarcerated Pussy Riot star Maria Alekhina spends 12 hours a day sewing in a workshop for $32 a month as she serves her two-year sentence for hooliganism.

The 24-year-old punk star and two of her band mates were jailed in Russia this year after being found guilty of hooliganism for performing a protest concert in a Moscow church. Alekhina, who moved to a solitary cell at the Corrective Labor Colony No. 28 at her own request, has now opened up about prison life, revealing she spends her days in a workshop because her application to help out in the facility's library was rejected.

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Alekhina also details how the inmates sprint from their cells in order to gain access to washrooms before breakfast is served at 6 a.m.

In an interview with Russia's The New Times magazine, she says, "I will have to run around constantly for the next one-and-a-half years. I am getting used to things."

Alekhina says life behind bars is miserable, adding, "Everything around is gray. Even if something is another color, all the same it has an element of gray. Everything: the buildings, food, the sky, words. It is an anti-life. Everything a prisoner does is to get a tick for early parole. They don't need personalities, they need people who have got used to things."

Alekhina's band mate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova remains behind bars, but Yekaterina Samutsevich was released on appeal in October.

I don't agree with any of you. What happened to humanities? If we treated our prisoners like they do in Russia then we would be no better. And the country I live in treats all people like they are just that people. I really hate when you people start preaching about having to pay for prisoners to live. Yes they have made a mistake that I am sure some are sorry for, but we  (the US) don't have to drop our selves to be lowly bullies like Russia. It is WRONG they put some people in jail for saying their feelings.
Dec 19, 2012 1:51PM
What are you people talking about?  Have any of you actually ever been to prison here?  Also this is the United States, if you believe in treating it's citizens like animals, you are in the wrong country.  Everyone has the right to a free trial.  Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Russia has a completely different history than ours.  If you want things to run here as they do there, we need to implement Czars, then have close to a century under extreme Communist leadership.
Dec 19, 2012 9:24AM

still waiting on the zombie apokolypse

Dec 19, 2012 8:40AM

Well, well, well! Prison isn't such a nice place! Who'd a thunk it! I'll be damned; by the way we here in the U.S. treat our prisoners you'd think it was supposed to be a spa vacation for the needy and underprivileged.

I say touché for Russia for putting the prison back into prison

Dec 19, 2012 8:26AM

You play you pay - adn agreed - let's bring that practice here ....


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