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Hayoun writes: "Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told Al Jazeera Saturday that he has located his wife at a prison medical facility in Siberia."

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends court in 2012. (photo: Aleshkovsky Mitya/ITAR-TASS)
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends court in 2012. (photo: Aleshkovsky Mitya/ITAR-TASS)


Jailed Pussy Riot Member Found in Siberian Prison Hospital

By Massoud Hayoun, Al Jazeera America

17 November 13

 

ailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told Al Jazeera Saturday that he has located his wife at a prison medical facility in Siberia, after not having heard from her since late October.

Tolokonnikova is currently “undergoing extensive diagnosis procedures and receiving treatment” at Regional Tuberculosis Hospital No. 1 in the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk for “complications that happened at the end of her hunger strike," Verzilov said.

Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike on Sept. 23 to decry slave labor and death threats she had received at her previous penal colony in the western Russian region of Morodovia.

Verzilov spoke with his wife via video Friday from another building in the prison complex.

“She said she was doing fine and her health was ok,” Verzilov said, on the phone from Siberia, where he is petitioning for an in-person meeting with Tolokonnikova next week. Verzilov flew to Siberia earlier this week, after receiving a tip from a source close to the penitentiary system that his wife had arrived in Krasnoyarsk.

“So far the conditions (at the prison hospital) are satisfactory, unlike what she saw in Morodovia,” Verzilov said.

During the time that Tolokonnikova was out of communication with the outside world, she was “transferred in very strong isolation, via a variety of Russian cities, from central Russia en route to Siberia” – a distance of over 3,000 miles.

Verzilov has told Al Jazeera he sees his wife’s relocation and temporary isolation from the outside world as Russian authorities' retribution for her vocal protest against her conditions in prison.

Tolokonnikova and two other members of the dissident punk rock group Pussy Riot were sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Feb. 2011 to perform a song they called a “punk prayer.” The song criticized Church leaders for supporting President Vladimir Putin in the run-up to his election.

"We are people who want to drastically change the political system in Russia and put an end to the Putin regime in this country," Verzilov told Al Jazeera earlier this month.

Tolokonnikova’s lawyer in the 2012 case that resulted in her imprisonment, Nikolai Polozov, told Al Jazeera earlier this month that her long prison transfer, cut off from communicating with her family, was retribution for the attention she continues to receive in international media.

But Verzilov says international attention is preventing authorities from harsher punishment against Tolkonnikova for her dissidence against the Putin administration and prison system.

Tolokonnikova is set to be released in early March.


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+6 # Vardoz 2013-11-17 12:21
And we have the biggest for profit prison system in the world that is destroying millions of lives as we the tax payers are footing the bill. Whisle blowers are facing hard prison sentences as they are gagged and threatened for telling us how much we are being abused.

Now we have the NSA working for corporations too and we are footing the trillion dollar bill for that too, during a depression as they are abusing us as shown in this interview with 30 yr NSA employee and whistle blower Bill Binney on Bill Maher a couple of weeks ago. He developed "Thin Thread" and was a majorty component to the agency.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uWupkMCdsPY
 
 
+5 # Vardoz 2013-11-17 13:00
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-2 # RMDC 2013-11-18 07:00
Al Jazzera is making itself a tool of the US regime. This really is not journalism. It just reports the twisted comments of Tolokonnikova's husband, and he is part of the project that pussy riot exists to promote. That is a color revolution in Russia. Al Jassera just quotes this but does not background research --

"We are people who want to drastically change the political system in Russia and put an end to the Putin regime in this country,"

Why do they want to put an end to the Putin regime? No one ever asks. They hate Putin because he is a Russian nationalist and wants to reverse some of the foreign owenership of Russian economy. He wants to reverse the economic shock doctrine provided by Friedman and Sachs that sold Russian industry to the west for very little money.

Pussy Riot and OTPOR who sponsors them are neo-liberal campaigners. They want the super rich of the west to own everything on earth and make people work for real slave wages. Pussy Riot is a perfect covert operation. Most in American can't think beyond the pussy in their name. They don't ask where they came from and what they stand for. They are stuck on the name.
 

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