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Pussy Riot Member Goes Missing After Prison Transfer

Earlier this year, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of Russian Punk band Pussy Riot, was convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” along with her fellow band members after they staged an anti-Putin performance in a Moscow cathedral. Now, family members say that Tolokonnikova has gone missing after a prison transfer. According to BuzzFeed, family members of the young woman say that they haven’t heard from her since October 21. She was transferred by train to an unknown destination after staging a hunger strike over “slavelike” conditions. Word has it that Tolokonnikova is going to a prison in Alatyr, near Mordovia, though no one knows for sure. Her father, Andrei Tolokonnikova, said, “There's no proof she's alive, we don't know the state of her health. Is she sick? Has she been beaten?” And her husband, Petya Verzilov, thinks that her disappearance is a political move: “This is basically the only way they have to punish Nadya,” he told BuzzFeed. “Let's cut her off from the outside world.”

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