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Jailed Pussy Riot Member Hospitalized

Nadezhda TolokonnikovaNadezhda Tolokonnikova
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a jailed member of the Russian protest band Pussy Riot, has reportedly been moved to a prison hospital.

Her bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich told the Internet and cable channel Dozhd on February 1 that Tolokonnikova has been suffering from headaches and fatigue for months.

Samutsevich said the health problems were the results of overwork at the prison colony in Russia's Mordovia region.

A Federal Prisons Service spokeswoman has described Tolokonnikova's condition as "nothing serious."

Three Pussy Riot members, Tolokonnikova, Samutsevich, and Maria Alyokhina were arrested in February 2012 for staging a performance protesting the rule of President Vladimir Putin in Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

The three were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are now serving two-year prison sentences.

Samutsevich received a suspended sentence.

Based on reporting by AP and Reuters 

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