Masha Gessen writing for the New York Times from Berezniki City Court
“I can barely see you,” the young woman on the videoscreen said, her high-pitched voice trembling. “You are just a dark silhouette. And I cannot see or hear the defense or the prosecution at all.”
“You can hear us,” the judge nodded, writing something in her notepad.
The woman on the screen was Maria Alyokhina, one of the two members of the punk rock group Pussy Riot who are serving two-year sentences in Russian penal colonies. Alyokhina has been held in a women’s colony here in Berezniki since early November, and in that time she has clocked a whopping four violations. She appealed the violations: If they are overturned, she will, at least on paper, have a chance at parole in September; otherwise she will stay behind bars until March 2014.

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