Two Letters

To The Berezniki City Court, Perm Region, Russian Federation

It has come to my notice that  the  Berezniki City Court of Perm Region is to consider a request for conditional early release in connection with Maria Vladimirovna Alyokhina, who is currently serving her sentence at the FKU IR-28 of the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service in the Perm Region.

I cannot justify the actions of those who took part in the demonstration in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior, but I think that the further incarceration of Maria Alyokhina in a penal colony is harmful both for Alyokhina and for society as a whole, as it contributes to an atmosphere of intolerance and will  lead to a split and radicalization of society.

Regardless of Maria Alyokhina’s  personal relation to the action, I see no legal foundation or practical sense in her further isolation from  the society to which she poses no real danger.

The presence of Maria Alyokhina’s six year-old son, to whom every day of separation from his mother causes irreparable harm and suffering, is another strong argument in favor of Maria Alykhina’s early release.

I think there is a need to take note of the positive assessment of Alyokhina’s character given  by environmental organizations and the Orthodox Danilovtsy charity. They call her a kind and selfless person.

This leads one to hope that upon her release Maria Alyokhina will bring benefit to society – both as a caring mother and as a participant in ecological and charity work.

I am convinced of the need for Maria Alyokhina to be given parole, and I therefore ask the Berezniki City Court to show humanity and compassion for the fate of the imprisoned woman, her son and her family and I appeal to the court to grant her conditional early release.

Archpriest Alexey Anatolievich Uminsky

Dean of the Church of the Holy Trinity in Khokhly

Moscow, Khokhlovsky Pereulok 12

[my translation – DM]


To The Berezniki City Court, Perm Region,

Russian Federation

Monday 13th May 2013

Re: Maria Alyokhina

I am writing with regard to the release on parole petition of Maria Alyokhina now serving her sentence at the FKU IK-28 of the city of Berezniki, Pem Region, Russian Federation.

I believe that further imprisonment of Maria Alyokhina is harmful both for her and for all those who are following her situation. To keep her incarcerated will help to divide society even further.

Maria is a positive, generous person committed to making the world a better place in part through protest art, feminist ideals and the protection of the environment. She has also assisted social activists and worked hard to defend the rights and freedoms of individuals.

Many people all over the world are watching what happens to Maria, and I ask you please to consider treating her with compassion, and justice is seen to be done.

Thank you for considering this request.

Peter Gabriel

Update: Paul McCartney has written letters to Russian officials in support of Pussy Riot.


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