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Pussy Riot Inmate Believed “Transferred” to Siberia

In an update to a story we shared last week in which imprisoned Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was reported “missing” within the Russian prison system…while the Russian government is still giving no official word as to her whereabouts, Tolokonnikova’s husband Piotr Verizlov is saying he has reliable information that she is en route to a penal colony deep in Siberia.

Verizlov wrote on Twitter that Tolokonnikova is being transferred approximately 2800 miles from the previous penal colony in Moldovia to another one in Siberia, and that he believes the transfer is punishment for the open letter she wrote alleging abuse within the prison system. Rolling Stone also reports that Verizlov is “100 percent” certain that she is headed for the Krasnoyarsk region.

Since her conviction in 2012 (along with two other members of punk collective Pussy Riot) for “hooliganism” involving a demonstration against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church, Tolokonnikova has continued to be a thorn in the side of the Russian government, not only from the aforementioned open letter, but for a nine-day hunger strike in protest of prison conditions that forced her transfer to another facility. Outside the walls, husband Verizlov and other supporters have continued regular protests on her behalf, and now continue to put public pressure on the Russian government to reveal Tolokonnikova’s whereabouts and status, which have not been specifically known since October 20.

Tolokonnikova is slated for release in spring 2014.

(Photo: Denis Bochkarev/Wikimedia)


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