Husband: Pussy Riot band member hospitalized
MOSCOW (AP) — The husband of an imprisoned member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot says she has been moved to a prison hospital on the seventh day of a hunger strike.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova began the hunger strike on Sept. 23 to protest what she described as inhumane working conditions and threats to her life at a women’s penal colony.
Her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told the Interfax news agency that she was hospitalized Sunday. He described this as a positive step.
Tolokonnikova’s lawyers have been barred from speaking to or visiting her since Thursday, heightening concerns about her condition.
Tolokonnikova and another Pussy Riot member are serving two-year sentences after protesting Russian leader Vladimir Putin’s rule in an impromptu performance inside Moscow’s main Orthodox cathedral in early 2012.