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Pussy Riot Member On Hunger Strike Is Hospitalized

Nadya Tolokonnikova has been transferred to a prison hospital and refused contact with family and lawyers for 70 hours, her husband says.

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A jailed member of the punk band Pussy Riot has been transferred to a prison hospital one week after launching a hunger strike to protest horrific conditions.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, was transferred to prison hospital LPU-21 in the republic of Mordovia, where she is serving a two-year sentence for performing an anti-Kremlin punk anthem inside a Moscow church. Her husband, Petya Verzilov, quoted a prison doctor as telling him on Friday that Tolokonnikova's condition was "horrible."

"We had no contact with her for 70 hours, but according to prison hospital officials they will admit lawyers tomorrow morning," Verzilov told BuzzFeed.

Tolokonnikova announced her hunger strike last week in a letter outlining conditions of slave labor, abuse and punishment inside the women's prison.

Russian journalists and activists have been traveling to the prison. One posted this picture, showing the outside of the prison hospital.

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The prison hospital from a distance.

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A guard tower at the prison

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