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Former Pussy Riot Member Warns Against Russian Prison Bill

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A former member of the punk protest band Pussy Riot is warning that jailers in Russia could be given even more authority to use force against inmates under what human rights defenders are calling the "law of the sadists."
 
Maria Alyokhina tells RFE/RL's Russian Service that if legislation now before the State Duma is adopted, "any remaining humanism in the penitentiary system will be simply killed."
 
Alyokhina, 27, has seen Russian jails from the inside.
 
She and Pussy Riot bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison for singing a "punk prayer" mocking Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral in February 2012, when he was successfully seeking a third presidential term with support from the head of the Russian Orthodox Church.
 
They were released in December 2013, under an amnesty they dismissed as a propaganda stunt ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympics.
 
Since their release from separate prisons, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova have become outspoken advocates for reform of a penitentiary system they say is rotten to the core. And now, Alyokhina says the system could become even more brutal.

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