Pussy Riot member not missing, Russian authorities say

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been transferred to a new prison say officials

Pussy Riot member not missing, Russian authorities say

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Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been transferred to a new prison, officials with Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service said on Saturday (November 2).

The announcement comes a day after the family of the imprisoned punk protester claimed she had gone missing following her sudden removal from the penal colony where she was being detained.

According to Rolling Stone, Russia's Federal Penitentiary Service had released a statement on October 18 saying that it would grant the Pussy Riot member's request to change to a different colony.

Tolokonnikova recently had to suspend her nine-day hunger strike, which she began to campaign against the alleged inhumane working conditions she says she had been forced to endure at Russia's Penal Colony No 14. In a statement released to NME, she said: "I am not calling off my hunger strike, I am temporarily suspending it because of my physical condition is now very bad and there are the beginnings of health complications."

Russian authorities then refused to investigate the alleged threat made against jailed Pussy Riot member Tolokonnikova by the deputy head of the prison she was incarcerated in until recently. The local Mordovia division of country's Investigative Committee said they had discovered no evidence of any wrong-doing.

Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina are both serving two-year sentences for breach of public order motivated by religious hatred. The sentences were handed to them in August 2012 after the band performed their now infamous 'punk prayer' protest against President Vladimir Putin at the Cathedral of Christ The Savior in Moscow in February 2012.

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