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Monday 25 September 2017

Pussy Riot member 'uncontactable'

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being transferred between prisons (AP)
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being transferred between prisons (AP)

The husband of an imprisoned member of Russian punk rock protest group Pussy Riot says he has not been able to contact her for more than two weeks as she is transferred to a new prison.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is serving two years for hooliganism after the band's politically provocative 2012 performance in Moscow's main cathedral.

She went on a hunger strike to protest about prison conditions in September and was hospitalised. The prison directorate said last week she was being moved to a new prison colony.

Pyotr Verzilov told The Associated Press he had not heard from her in 17 days and "authorities have done everything to prevent her from establishing communication with anyone".

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