Russia: Pussy Riot member punished with move to prison in Siberia

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, as well as various news media. Amnesty International issued a statement saying that the failure by Russian officials to disclose the whereabouts of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova shows that they are trying to silence her.


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


RFE/RL – 6 November 2013:
Amnesty Demands Kremlin Reveal Location Of Pussy Riot Member
Human rights watchdog Amnesty International says the failure by Russian officials to disclose the whereabouts of jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova shows that they are trying to silence her.


RTT News – 6 November 2013:
Russia Urged To Disclose Location Of Jailed Pussy Riot Member
Citing rumors that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is being transferred to a prison colony in Siberia, the London-based rights group Amnesty International alleged in a statement issued Wednesday that the continued refusal of Russian authorities to disclose her current location reflects their efforts to silence her.