Pussy Riot member moved to solitary cell

One of the jailed members of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved into a solitary cell following tensions with other inmates, Russian prison officials say.

Maria Alekhina was moved into a “safe” cell at her own request, they said, because she thought 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.

Samutsevich was released on appeal, but Tolokonnikova and Alekhina are serving their sentences in prison camps.

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