It was a little more than a month ago that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, member of imprisoned feminist punk group Pussy Riot, announced she was embarking on a hunger strike until "until [the administration] starts treating us like humans." In an extensive and difficult to read open letter, Tolokonnikova revealed the deplorable conditions in which she has been forced to live as she serves her two-year prison sentence. 

Now, following a transfer from her original location in Mordovia, Tolokonnikova is missing. On October 21st, she was transferred by train to a still undisclosed location. Supposedly, authorities promised the Tolokonnikova family information regarding her new whereabouts within ten days of the transfer. That window of time has come and gone and her family says they have yet to hear anything. 

Her father, Andrei, believes they are keeping her location a secret in order to prevent protesters from rallying outside the prison. But until this is confirmed, her father and her supporters will continue to worry. "There's no proof she's alive," Andrei said. 

Whatever happens next, I hope you choose to stand in solidarity with Pussy Riot!

 

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