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Husband: Pussy Riot band member hospitalized

Feminist punk group Pussy Riot member NadezhdTolokonnikovsits glass cage court Moscow RussiFriday August 2012.   | AP

Feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sits at a glass cage at a court in Moscow, Russia, Friday, in August 2012. | AP

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Updated: September 29, 2013 12:38PM



MOSCOW (AP) — The husband of an imprisoned member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot says she has been moved to a prison hospital on the seventh day of a hunger strike.

Nadezhda 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. He described this 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 inside Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral in early 2012.



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