Pussy Riot’s Nadya Tolokonnikova Has Vanished

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After being moved to Penal Colony No. 2 in the town of Alatyr, in the Russian republic of Chuvashia, ten days ago, Pussy Riot member Nadya Tolokonnikova was apparently moved to an undisclosed location, members of Tolokonnikova’s family said today (Friday, Nov. 1, 2013).

“No one knows anything,” her father, Andrei Tolokonnikov, told Buzzfeed in a phone interview from Moscow. “There’s no proof she’s alive, we don’t know the state of her health. Is she sick? Has she been beaten?”

Tolokonikov’s husband Petya Verzilov said isolating his wife was a way for Russian authorities to punish her for speaking out.

“They want to cut her off from the outside world,” Verzilov said. “This is basically the only way they have to punish Nadya — ‘let’s cut her off from the outside world.’”

For more of the story, head to Buzzfeed.

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