Russia’s jailed punk rock band members sent to prison camps

Two female members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot convicted of protesting against President Vladimir Putin in a cathedral have been sent to prisons far from Moscow despite requesting to serve out their terms in the capital, a lawyer said on Monday. Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, were convicted of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’ in August and sentenced to two years in jail, a punishment that many in the West said was too harsh.