Tolokonnikova moved to prison hospital

The jailed Pussy Riot punk group singer Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who went on a hunger strike, has been moved to the prison hospital.

The jailed Pussy Riot punk group singer Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who went on a hunger strike, has been moved to the prison hospital.

"Nadya is feeling unwell and she has been moved to the prison hospital, according to the prison's acting head," Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov told Interfax.

He said that other Pussy Riot singers informed defense lawyers about Tolokonnikova's transfer to the hospital after they were not allowed to see her. "We think her transfer to the hospital is the first attempt to block access to her," Verzilov said.

The defense attorneys were not given the papers documenting Tolokonnikova's transfer to the hospital, disregarding their requests, he said.

Verzilov, who is now in Mordovia, told Interfax that the prison officials he had talked to "refused to guarantee Nadezhda's appropriate hospitalization at the medical facility LPU-21."

The Federal Penitentiary Service's press bureau has confirmed that Tolokonnikova was placed under a doctors' observation at the prison hospital.

Tolokonnikova's defense lawyer Dmitry Dinze earlier told Interfax that his client was very weak, had low blood pressure and low blood sugar.

Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike on September 23, saying she had received death threats. She wrote a letter to the Penitentiary Service, complained about threats to the Investigative Committee and turned to the human rights commissioner for help.

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