Member Of Russia’s Pussy Riot Hospitalized

MOSCOW (September 29, 2013)--Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, an imprisoned member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, was moved to a prison hospital Sunday on the seventh day of a hunger strike her husband said.

Tolokonnikova began the hunger strike on Sept. 23 to protest what she described as inhumane working conditions and threats to her life at a women's penal colony.

Her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told the Interfax news agency that she was hospitalized Sunday, which he described as a positive step.

Tolokonnikova's lawyers have been barred from speaking to or visiting her since Thursday, heightening concerns about her condition.

Tolokonnikova and another Pussy Riot member are serving two-year sentences after protesting Russian leader Vladimir Putin's rule in an impromptu performance in early 2012 inside Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral.


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