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article imageMissing Pussy Riot Nadya —Whereabouts remain completely unknown

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 11, 2013 in World
Moscow - Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova’s whereabouts have not been traced since 22 October when she was reportedly transferred from a penal colony to an uncertain destination possibly in Siberia. Nadya's location is now "completely unknown."
Digital Journal continues to follow the story of Pussy Riot member, Nadya Tolokonnikova. Named a prisoner of conscience, Nadya was jailed then after complaining about prison conditions and being moved from the penal colony where she was serving her sentence, she went missing. However, she was assumed safe since Petya Verzilov, her husband, received information informing him as such from Russia's human rights ombudsman, Vladimir Lukin.
To recap, the last heard of Nadya Tolokonnikova, was that she had been seen being bundled into a car 22 October and was allegedly on her way to a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of the Russian Federation. Nadya has not actually been "seen" since this date.
On 8 November, Bbcworldnewslive225 published a BBC video report of Petya Verzilov saying:
"The last time anyone had contact with her was on the 18th of October when Nadya's lawyer visited her inside the prison camp; so basically we can now say we have lost touch with her and we do not know any - basically, her whereabouts are completely unknown right now."
Denis Krivosheev, Europe and Central Asia Deputy Director at Amnesty International has said the following:
“Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has publicly complained of threats she received from prison officials. We are concerned that she now may be being punished for this and for speaking out about deplorable prison conditions. Russian authorities must immediately tell her family where she is and allow her access to a lawyer. She is a prisoner of conscience who should have never been taken to jail in the first place. Refusing to say where she is simply fuels rumours of the worse case scenario.”
In an urgent request for action, issued 4 November 2013, Amnesty International says:
"Russian law only obliges the penal service authorities to notify one of a prisoner’s family members as to his or her whereabouts within ten days following the prisoner’s arrival at a new penal colony. However, there are no legal limitations as to how long a prisoner can be in transit."
In the same request Amnesty International state that:
"One of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s lawyers has told Amnesty International that the penal service authorities may be deliberately “making her life difficult” by keeping her in transit. The lengthy transit could be a means of pressure and de facto punishment for her recent open letter criticizing the penal administration and for her subsequent hunger strike."
Below Cenk Uygur, comedian Dave Rubin (The Rubin Report) and comedian Jimmy Dore (TYT Comedy) discuss Nadya's 'banishment' on The Young Turks TYT network. The trio discuss Nadya's transfer and unknown whereaboust in an open discussion in which Dore says "Looks like Putin doesn't give a sh*t about anyone anyway."
The later BBC report seen at the top of this article finishes by saying that:
"Nadya maybe on transit to a prison camp in Siberia but the Russian authorities won't confirm that; for now her whereabouts remain a mystery."
Other Russian artists, such as Petr Pavlensky, are making their own graphic statements to illustrate their own sentiments about Putin's style of government.
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