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Jailed Pussy Riot punk incommunicado for nearly two weeks

Jailed Pussy Riot punk Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has not been heard from for nearly two weeks since she left her Russian prison colony following demands to be transferred to another, her husband said on Saturday. In September, Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike in protest at what she called murder threats and "slave labour conditions" in the penal colony in Mordovia. Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov said his wife had been incommunicado since she left the camp, some 250 miles (400 kilometres) from Moscow, on October 22.

Russian court rules to keep Pussy Riot member in jail

A Russian court Friday ruled to keep a member of punk band Pussy Riot in prison, after she appealed an earlier decision denying her release on parole from her sentence over a church protest against President Vladimir Putin. The Supreme court in the region of Mordovia upheld an earlier court decision to deny parole to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said art group Voina, which is closely associated with Pussy Riot and followed the hearing on Twitter. A spokeswoman for the Mordovia supreme court confirmed to AFP that the ruling left the earlier decision of a regional court unchanged.

UPDATE 1-Police charge Pussy Riot supporters after Russia protest

* Protest takes place on Women's Day holiday * Putin declines to comment on Pussy Riot parole (Adds police comment, detail) By Gennady Novik and Lidia Kelly MOSCOW, March 8 (Reuters) - Russian police temporarily detained six activists protesting on Friday against the incarceration of punk rockers Pussy Riot and charged them with breaking rules on demonstrations.

Russian police detain several Pussy Riot supporters

* Protest takes place on Women's Day holiday * Russia celebrates the holiday with a day off * Putin declines to comment on Pussy Riot rockers parole By Gennady Novik MOSCOW, March 8 (Reuters) - Russian police detained several activists protesting on Friday against the incarceration of the punk rockers Pussy Riot in a demonstration timed to take place on International Women's Day.

Jailed Pussy Riot member taken to hospital

One of the jailed members of the Pussy Riot rock group, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, has been taken to hospital for tests, a spokeswoman for the Russian prisons service said on Friday. Tolokonnikova "was transferred to hospital for a diagnostic examination based on her own and her lawyer's wishes," the spokeswoman told AFP without giving further details. The activist is serving a two-year sentence at a prison camp in the Mordovia region in central Russia for staging an anti-Vladimir Putin performance last year in a Moscow church.
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