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Pussy Riot Inmate Tolokonnikova Turns Up in Siberia

After weeks of silence from the Russian government (and plenty of global speculation) as to her whereabouts, it has been confirmed that incarcerated Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is now in a prison hospital in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia, according to the Associated Press and the Los Angeles Times.

Vladimir Lukin, Russian presidential human rights ombudsman, confirmed the move to the Interfax news agency: “Tolokonnikova has arrived in the Krasnoyarsk territory, where she will serve the rest of her term. I was told she is in [the prison] hospital at her own request.” The specific location of the prison was not revealed, but Tolokonnikova’s husband and lawyers are expected to meet with her within the week.

Tolokonnikova went off the grid for over three weeks during her transfer, a common but questionable practice of the Russian prison system left over from the gulag era. Her husband and family had not heard from her since October 21.

Tolokonnikova is one of two members of the punk collective Pussy Riot still serving prison time for “hooliganism” related to an anti-Putin “punk prayer” at a Moscow church. Both are scheduled for release in spring 2014. Tolokonnikova is expected to serve out the remainder of her sentence at her current location.

(Photo: Denis Bochkarev/Wikimedia)


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