Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova still being transported to another jail - Penal Service

Pussy Riot punk rock band's convicted member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is still on her way to a penal colony where she is being moved to serve the rest of her sentence, Russia's Federal Penal Service (FSIN) has claimed.

Pussy Riot punk rock band's convicted member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is still on her way to a penal colony where she is being moved to serve the rest of her sentence, Russia's Federal Penal Service (FSIN) has claimed.

"Due to questions from the media on the whereabouts and health condition of convict N. A. Tolokonnikova, we hereby state that currently she is being convoyed to the institution where she will be serving her sentence," the FSIN said in a statement made available to Interfax on Friday.

Tolokonnikova was initially imprisoned in a colony in the Mordovia republic. On September 23, she declared a hunger strike, claiming that the colony administration was threatening to murder her.

She wrote a letter to the FSIN notifying the agency about her hunger strike, asked Russia's human rights commissioner for help, and complained about the alleged death threats to the Investigative Committee, which announced it was investigating them.

Tolokonnikova ended her hunger strike on October 1 after the FSIN promised to move her to another colony but went on a new hunger strike on October 18. Her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, claimed she had been returned to the Mordovian colony from the hospital where she had been admitted during her strike, and that this was the reason for her new strike.

On October 21, the FSIN said Tolokonnikova had been sent to another colony, warning it will disclose which colony it was to one of her relatives after she arrived there.

In Friday's statement, The FSIN claimed that Tolokonnikova was in satisfactory health condition and that "no complaints have come from her."

"May we reiterate that, under Article 17 of the Penalty Enforcement Code of the Russian Federation, the administration of [the penal colony] will notify only one relative of the convict (to be chosen by the latter) about her arrival at the institution, and will do so no later than within 10 days of her arrival," the FSIN said.

Since November 2, one-person protests have been held outside the FSIN headquarters in Moscow with the picketers demanding that the service disclose where Tolokonnikova is. Verzilov told Interfax that, since October 18, the FSIN had been keeping her whereabouts secret and neither he nor any of her other relatives or lawyers had been in contact with her.

Tolokonnikova and two other Pussy Riot musicians were convicted of "hooliganism" in August 2012 after a scandalous Pussy Riot performance in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Savior in February that year.

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