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Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova goes missing

on November 01, 2013, 4:20pm

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riots Nadya Tolokonnikova goes missing

Update: Russian officials told the Guardian that Tolokonnikova has been transferred to a new prison and her family would be informed of her whereabouts within 10 days of her arrival, in according with regulations (via Rolling Stone).

Nadya Tolokonnikova, one of the imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, has gone missing. According to Buzzfeed, Tolokonnikova’s family has not seen or heard from her since she was transferred from a prison in Mordovia, Russia 10 days ago.

Since receiving her two-year prison sentence in August 2012, Tolokonnikova has launched a series of protests from within her cell. Last month, she wrote an open letter detailing the horrific conditions she and fellow inmates experience on a daily basis. She’s also took part in a hunger strikes, which left her hospitalized.

Tolokonnikova’s father, Andrei Tolokonnikov, told Buzzfeed “No one knows anything,” adding, “There’s no proof she’s alive, we don’t know the state of her health. Is she sick? Has she been beaten?”

Meanwhile, her husband Petya Verzilov believes that this is the Russian government’s way of silencing Tolokonnikova from further protests. “We think they moved her to a big city to hide her,” Verzilov said. “It seems they got sick of these protests… “This is basically the only way they have to punish Nadya — ‘let’s cut her off from the outside world.”

Tolokonnikova and fellow Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich and Maria Alekhina were sentenced to two years in prison after being found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred or hostility” stemming from a protest at Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral. The collective were denouncing the ties between Russian President Vladimir Putin’s regime and the Russian Orthodox Church. Samutsevich has since been freed; however, both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina are to remain in prison until March 2014.

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