“You are in no-man’s land. Nobody will help you. You have to think about everything you say and do to remain a person,” says a lawyer that’s spent three years at the notorious penal colony where Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are shortly headed. Today, their lawyer Mark Feigin is seeking deferment sentence  until their young children reach the age of 14.

While Katya is free but the other two angelic balaclava’ed superstars are headed to jail, it’s only now that the rest of the world is starting to realize that Russian jails are “monstrously archaic.” When over sixty prisoners attempted suicide at a Russian prison last year, it barely made a media thump.

There’s only one female corrective labor colony near Moscow. In Mordovia – Siberia’s dreary, swampy soul sister — the prison is divided into barracks with 30-40 women per room who spend their days sewing in a factory for copeks, essentially, with which they hope to buy some meager hygienic products and bare necessities. Sexual abuse is prevalent, but for Pussy Riot specifically, is not even the worst thing that can happen, according to their lawyers.

They’re allowed four congual visits a year. Guess that option is out for at least one of them.