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Russia sends ‘Pussy Riot’ member to Siberia

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

One of the members of Pussy Riot, a Russian rock band, has likely been sent away to a prison camp in Siberia and has not been heard from in more than 17 days.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was serving a sentence in a Russian prison after running into a cathedral asking, in song, for the Virgin Mary to remove President Vladimir Putin from office.

Tolokonnikova was convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” She was scheduled to be released in March 2014.

Her husband Peter Verzilov, speaking to Rolling Stone, says he has not spoken to Tolokonnikova in 17 days. Friends believe the transfer is punishment for a nine-day hunger strike Tolokonnikova conducted in September to protest conditions in the prison where she was being held.

 

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