Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in prison hospital

Russian authorities confirmed jailed punk protester was moved to a remote Siberian prison after weeks of uncertainly about her whereabouts

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in prison hospital

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Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is back in hospital after being moved to a remote prison colony in Siberia.

Yesterday (November 14), prison authorities confirmed that the jailed Pussy Riot member had been moved to a new prison thousands of miles away from her family and friends in Siberia, after weeks of uncertainly about her whereabouts.

Her husband Pyotr Verzilov told AFP that Tolokonnikova has been weakened by her recent hunger strike and is currently residing in a hospital for convicts in the Siberian Krasnoyarsk region being treated for health complications that followed her hunger strike.

"She is not happy with the isolation of her transfer, but she is content that her conditions have been met," he told the news agency.

After being moved from her old prison in central Russia's Mordovia region her whereabouts were unknown for 24 days, leading her family and friends to suggest she had gone missing.

Russian prison authorities are not required to tell relatives of the convicts' whereabouts until 10 days after transferring them to a new place. Transfers can take weeks as convicts are moved by train across the vast territory.

Earlier this autumn Tolokonnikova published a letter alleging prison abuse and held a hunger strike in protest. She suspended her hunger strike after nine days and was treated in hospital.

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 Saviour in Moscow in February 2012. They are set for release next year.

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