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Posted in music on November 6, 2013
Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being relocated thousands of miles to a prison colony deep in Siberia, according to her husband Peter Verzilov. Tolokonnikova has been missing for 17 days, since she vanished into the Russian prison system to be transferred to an unknown camp. Verzilov says she is now en route to the city of Krasnoyarsk, 2,600 miles east of Moscow, in the heart of Siberia...Tolokonnikova has not been seen since October 20 when she disappeared from Colony 14 in Mordovio, where she is serving a two-year sentence. She's due for release in March 2014.
...The exact prison colony where Tolokonnikova will be held is still uncertain, but Verzilov believes it will be Colony 50, near the town of Nizhny Ingash -- 190 miles from the city of Krasnoyarsk. This camp is considerably more remote than Tolokonnikova's previous colony in Mordovia, which had been roughly a six-hour drive from Moscow.
Her supporters suggest the authorities have chosen a prison so far from Moscow as a punishment for the nine-day hunger strike that Tolokonnikova began in September to protest conditions in her previous camp. The action, which brought unusual attention onto Russia's harsh prison system, eventually forced officials to agree to transfer her after Tolokonnikova became dangerously weak. - [Rolling Stone]