Maria Alyokhina, 24 [who has a five-year-old son named Filipp] , and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22 [who has a four-year-old daughter named Gera], were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” in August and sentenced to two years in jail…
The women’s lawyers said they had tried to argue that they should be allowed to remain in jail in Moscow, saying it would have permitted them to be closer to their small children. They had also cited health and safety concerns at far-flung penal colonies. …
Just wanna highlight this one part….
Putin voiced support for the sentences, saying the state must protect the feelings of the faithful.
“protect” …”the state must protect ” … “the feelings” … “of the faithful”
Maria Alyokhina, 24, will serve the rest of her two-year term at a women’s prison camp in Perm, a Siberian region notorious for hosting some of the Soviet Union’s harshest camps. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, has been sent to Mordovia, a region that also hosts a high number of prisons.
Convicted of ” hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”
…for performing an anti-Putin “punk anthem” in a Moscow cathedral