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article imageHusband visits Pussy Riot Nadya Tolokonnikova in prison hospital

By Lesley Lanir     Nov 22, 2013 in World
Antonio Mora, host of Al Jazeera America’s current affairs program, 'Consider This,' interviewed Pyotr Verzilov about his visit with his wife, jailed Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who had been missing in transfer for 26 days.
Digital Journal continues to follow the story of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda (Nadya) Tolokonnikova.
A previous article mentioned that Pyotr Verzilov was trying to locate and confirm that his wife, Pussy Riot activist Nadezhda Tolokonnikova had been relocated to a different prison in the Krasnoyarsk region of Siberia.
Last night, on Al Jazeera America’s Consider This, Pyotr Verzilov talked about his visit with his wife, Nadya Tolokonnikova.
Pyotr Verzilov revealed to host Antonio Mora that on Wednesday he was able to see his imprisoned wife, for the first time in nearly two months.
According to Verzilov, Tolokonnikova is currently being held in a prison hospital in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia. Russian authorities did not share her exact location for 26 days while she was being transferred from a women's prison camp in Mordovia to the Siberian facility.
Verzilov says in his conversation that the 26-day transfer was the way that the Russian authorities could legally isolate Tolokonnikova's case from the attention it was receiving nationally and internationally. He states that he had a three-hour meeting with his wife in the prison hospital in the down-town regional capital city of Krasnoyarsk and that she is "quite okay and satisfied." He points out that although she is in a hospital that treats in particular tuberculosis patients, Nadya does not have TB but has continuing small health complications that stem from her hunger strike and before.
Verzilov adds that the Russian government had to reduce the amount of scandal attached to Nadya's case so the prison where she is located has much better conditions. He says, "We are satisfied with the condition's and the facility and hope this will be the situation until Nadya is freed in March 2014."
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