Pussy Riot members face tough life in penal colony

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Russia Penal Colony For Pussy Riot
In this photo taken Nov. 30, 2011, imprisoned women wait to be escorted for work at a women's prison outside the city of Orel, central Russia. Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot will serve their sentence in a penal colony far from Moscow that is like what a former inmate describes as a "nasty Girl Scout camp.” Although Russia’s prison system is a far cry from Stalin’s gulag, the principle remains the same: to isolate people from their families and wear them down through “corrective labor,” which for women usually means hunching over a sewing machine. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova will have to quickly learn the inner laws of prison life, survive the dire food and medical care, and risk reprisal from inmates either offended by their "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin or ordered to pressure them by higher authorities. (AP Photo/Yuri Tutov)