Amnestied member of Pussy Riot punk group Maria Alyokhina is meeting local human rights activists at the Committee against Torture in Nizhny Novgorod, Alyokhina's lawyer Pyotr Zaikin has told reporters.
"The meeting with human rights activists that is now under way at the Committee against Torture proved very productive and was really needed. It will last for at least an hour," he said.
He said that the duration of Alyokhina's stay in the city depends on her meeting with the activists.
Asked whether Alyokhina is interested in human rights activists in Nizhny Novgorod Zaikin said: "Among other things."
"I believe that the cooperation between Maria and Nizhny Novgorod human rights activists will be arranged in the course of the meeting better than before," he said.
Zaikin also said that Alyokhina is waiting for information about what is happening to the other sentenced Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.
He said he was called early in the morning on Monday and was told that his personal presence was required.
"I was invited to arrive at the penitentiary at 6:14 a.m. I was not told about the purpose of the visit. I was told that I must urgently arrive," the lawyer said.
He said Alyokhina wearing hear prison jacket was taken to the Moscow railway station in Nizhny Novgorod.
"According to their plan, officers from the Federal Penitentiary Service were supposed to bring her to a transport hub so that she could freely leave Nizhny Novgorod. In her case preference was given to taking her to the Moscow railway station," Zaikin said.
He added that Alyokhina did not buy a ticket yet.
Meanwhile, chairman of the local Public Observe Commission Alexander Listkov told Interfax that Alyokhina intends to meet commission members.
"Maria would want to meet commission members who visited her in the penitentiary several times in relation to her complaints about working conditions and remuneration," Listkov said.
He said that the meeting is likely to take place Monday afternoon because "at the present moment these commission members are inspecting an army unit."
The amnesty declared by the State Duma on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of the Russian constitution applies to Alyokhina who was sentenced to two years for participation in a scandal-making punk performance in the Cathedral of Christ the Savior. On Monday morning she left penitentiary #2 in Nizhny Novgorod where she was serving her term. Journalists say she looked cheerful.
A member of Pussy Riot punk group, Maria Alyokhina, on Monday morning left penitentiary #2 in Nizhny Novgorod where she was serving her sentence, Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of another Pussy Riot member, told Interfax. Read more>>>
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