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No New Year celebration for Pussy Riot

Dec. 20, 2012 at 2:53 PM   |   Comments

MOSCOW, Dec. 20 (UPI) -- A lawyer for the two jailed members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot said the women have no New Year celebration plans because of "strict rules" in prison.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are serving two-year prison sentences for their "punk prayer" performance in Moscow's main cathedral in February, RIA Novosti reported.

"Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will have no New Year celebrations, because penal colonies have strict rules. Inmates go to bed at 9:00 p.m. and get up at 6:00 a.m. No exceptions are allowed. A rule is a rule," lawyer Irina Khrunova said.

A third convicted group member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released from prison and will be ringing in the New Year with her family, the news report said.

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