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Pussy Riot Prisoner Arrives In Siberia

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Jailed member of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, stands in the defendant's cage in a court in the town of Zubova Polyana in April.

Jailed member of the all-girl punk band "Pussy Riot," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, stands in the defendant's cage in a court in the town of Zubova Polyana in April.

Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has arrived at a penal colony in Siberia to serve the rest of her two-year term.

Russian Ombudsman Vladimir Lukin, quoting Justice Ministry officials, told Interfax news agency on November 12 that Tolokonnikova is currently in a prison in Krasnoyarsk Krai. The ombudsman's website said earlier that Russian authorities decided to transfer Tolokonnikova to Siberia because she was born in Krasnoyarsk Krai and has been registered as a permanent resident in the city of Norilsk there.

Tolokonnikova was jailed for hooliganism for a 2012 performance in a Moscow cathedral that criticized Russian President Vladimir Putin. She is due to be released in March.

She was transferred to Siberia after going on a hunger strike to protest conditions and alleged death threats by officials at a penal colony in Russia's eastern Mordovia Republic.

With reporting by Interfax
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