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article imagePussy Riot Nadya Tolokonnikova: Safe and in 'satisfactory' state

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 6, 2013 in World
Moscow - Petya Verzilov, husband of jailed Pussy Riot member, Nadya Tolokonnikova, says he has been informed she is safe and on her way to a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of the Russian Federation.
Digital Journal reported that Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, serving the last months of her two-year sentence for her participation in an anti-Putin performance, could not be located by her family after being sent to a prison colony in the depths of Siberia.
The Guardian state that Nadya's family and lawyers have now been informed that the Pussy Riot member is on her way to a prison colony in the heart of Siberia. The Guardian mention that:
"Russia's human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin, said on Tuesday that he had been told by Russian prison officials that Tolokonnikova was in a "satisfactory" state of health and was being transferred to her new prison."
Nadya Tolokonnikova's husband, Petya Verzilov, is reported as saying that he had received "100% reliable" information that Nadya was possibly being moved to Prison No. 50 Nizhny Ingash 200 miles from the regional centre of Krasnoyarsk which is four time zones and 2,000 miles from Moscow.
According to Petya Verzilov, which was reported on a FreePussyRiot site which has now been suspended, the move to prison 2,000 miles from Moscow follows Nadya's hunger strike over poor slave labor-like conditions which she described in an open letter.
Amnesty International have named Nadya Tolokonnikova a prisoner of conscience. Amnesty state that the treatment and imprisonment of Nadya and other Pussy Riot band members is "only one example of the crackdown on freedom of expression, assembly and association in Russia that Amnesty International has documented since Vladimir Putin was reelected as president in March 2012. These women’s voices continue to ring out from prison against the escalating oppression placed upon peaceful dissent in Russia."
The incarceration of Nadya has received worldwide attention from celebrities and politicians and more recently from Manchester City football club supporters who according to Louder than War, last night, against their club's game against CSKA Moscow, waved ‘free Pussy Riot’ banners.
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