Tolokonnikova not in punitive confinement, in solitary cell with fridge, bathroom - Federal Penitentiary Service

The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service has denied claims that convicted Pussy Riot punk band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, had been transferred to punitive confinement.

The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service has denied claims that convicted Pussy Riot punk band member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, had been transferred to punitive confinement.

"Tolokonnikova has been placed in a safe area in the colony. This is not a punitive measure," the Federal Penitentiary Service press office told Interfax on Tuesday.

The convict is "in a solitary cell with comfortable conditions - space of 7 square meters equipped with sleeping accommodation, a fridge and a bathroom," the press office said.

"She has all of her personal belongings with her - food, books. She has the right to an unlimited number of phone calls," the press office said.

"Tolokonnikova was transferred to a safe place in the colony, which is usually reserved for punitive confinement," Chairman of the Mordovia Public Supervising Committee Gennady Morozov has told Interfax.

This transfer was made due to Tolokonnikova's statements, which claimed that inmates and the colony administration had threatened her, Morozov said.

The transfer to the punitive confinement area was not a punishment but simply isolated Tolokonnikova from the general prison population due to her statement about threats, Morozov said.

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