Missing Pussy Rioter Found in TB Hospital

She hasn't been sent to Siberian prison

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Nov 14, 2013 2:24 PM CST

(Newser) – Contrary to recent reports, incarcerated Pussy Riot troublemaker Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been shipped off to a Siberia prison—she's been shipped off to a Siberian hospital. Tolokonnikova has been off the grid for a while now, and yesterday, Russia's prison ombudsman said she'd been transferred to Siberia, and that she'd finally ended her hunger strike. But today, Tolokonnikova's husband, Peter Verzilov, tells Rolling Stone that she's at Krasnoyarski's Tuberculosis Hospital No. 1. He says doctors called him yesterday, and even let him speak to Tolokonnikova.

"She's not sick right now, she's just having procedures and tests related to the hunger strike," Verzilov says. "She said conditions and treatment were OK, but that the one thing was she was in very strict isolation." A source in the prison service tells Verzilov it's possible Tolokonnikova will spend the rest of her sentence in the hospital.

In a file photo, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the female punk rocker band Pussy Riot, stands in a defendants' cage prior to a court hearing in Moscow, Russia.
In a file photo, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the female punk rocker band Pussy Riot, stands in a defendants' cage prior to a court hearing in Moscow, Russia.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)
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