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Imprisoned Pussy Riot band member transferred to another prison

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was sent to a Mordovia prison last year for her part in a performance of a "punk prayer" critical of Vladimir Putin.

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  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is now at a prison in Chelyabinsk, Russia, her husband says
  • But she hasn't been heard from since late October, he tells CNN
  • Authorities have 10 days to inform her husband of the transfer
Convicted Pussy Riot punk rock band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been heard from since she was transferred from a prison more than 300 miles east of Moscow, husband Petr Verzilov told CNN on Saturday.
Verzilov said his wife was moved to a prison in Chelyabinsk, Russia, on October 24 or 25. She was relocated from a Mordovia prison.
Under law, authorities will inform her family about her transfer within 10 days of her arrival at a different penal colony, the country's Federal Penitentiary Service's press office told Russian news agency Interfax on Saturday.
Tolokonnikova was sent to Mordovia last year for her part in a performance of a "punk prayer" critical of Vladimir Putin, who was then Russia's Prime Minister and is now the country's President. The performance was held at a Russian Orthodox cathedral.
Found guilty of hooliganism, the 23-year-old musician was sentenced to two years in a penal colony.
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She has less than six months left on her sentence, but on September 23, she declared the conditions at the prison to be intolerable and began a hunger strike.