Russia: Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova punished with move to Siberian prison

The husband of the imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said he had received “100 percent reliable” information that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being moved to a prison in the Krasnoyarsk region, four time zones and 2,000 miles from Moscow.

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The specific prison is not yet known, said the husband, Petya Verzilov, but early indications suggest that it will be Prison No 50 in Nizhny Ingash, a further 200 miles from the regional centre of Krasnoyarsk. He said he believed the move was punishment for Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s public statements, and decision had been taken to remove her from the media spotlight as much as possible:

“They do not have the ability to put on the usual psychological or physical pressure they can use with inmates because of the high profile of the case,” he said. “So they have chosen this as the punishment instead.”

Since Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was convicted in August 2012 of performing a crude protest concert with Pussy Riot in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior, she had been situated at a penal colony in Mordovia, about 280 miles southeast of Moscow.

This was reported by Shaun Walker for the British newspaper The Guardian:


The Guardian – 6 November 2013:
Pussy Riot’s Tolokonnikova ‘is being punished with move to Siberian prison’
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s husband says move to prison 2,000 miles from Moscow follows hunger strike over poor conditions. By Shaun Walker in Moscow



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