Missing Pussy Riot member located in Siberian penal colony

The location of missing Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova has finally been revealed by Russian prison authorities. 

Tolokonnikova and band member Maria Alyokhina are part of the way through a two-year sentence on charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred”, following the group’s protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church in February 2012.

Late last month, Tolokonnikova was transferred from her prison in Mordovia without explanation, with the activist’s husband and father claiming to be unaware of her new location. Rolling Stone are reporting that Tolokonnikova has now been located. According to Russia’s prison ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, Tolokonnikova has been transferred to a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.

As suspected, the uncertainty about her whereabouts over the last two weeks was a result of the prison’s quarantine policy, under which all transferred inmates are quarantined for 10 days. Russian activist group Viona has since tweeted that she is being held in Penal Colony 50 in Nizhny Ingash, although prison management have refused to confirm this as yet.

Lukin states that the 23-year-old will be meeting with her husband and her lawyer in the next week. He also confirms that her hunger strike, which was suspended in October following health difficulties and subsequently resumed, has also come to an end.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are due to be released next March. Earlier this year, the BBC aired a 90-minute documentary on Pussy Riot’s struggle which has won a special jury prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival.

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