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Pussy Riot band member headed to new Russian penal colony, husband worried she was missing

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of female Russian punk band Pussy Riot, sits inside a defendants cage in a Moscow court, on July 4, 2012, during the hearings on the Pussy Riot case. Three members of the all-woman punk band "Pussy Riot" were detained two months ago, after they climbed on the altar of Moscow's Christ the Saviour Cathedral -- the country's central place of worship -- and sang a song they called a "Punk Prayer". The women have been charged with hooliganism committed by an organised group -- an unusually harsh charge for protesters. AFP PHOTO/ ALEXANDER NEMENOV (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER NEMENOV/AFP/GettyImages)
ALEXANDER NEMENOV
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the female Russian punk band Pussy Riot, sits inside a defendant's cage in a Moscow court, on July 4, 2012.
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(CBS/AP) MOSCOW - The husband of a member of the embattled Russian band Pussy Riot told news agencies over the weekend that his wife, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, had gone missing, reportedly prompting the Russian prison service to say she is being sent to a new penal colony, according to the Interfax news agency.

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The Federal Penitentiary Service said Tolokonnikova was being sent to a new prison and that in accordance with regulations her family would be informed within 10 days of arrival, Interfax said. Service officials could not be reached for comment by The Associated Press.

Tolokonnikova is serving two years following the band's politically provocative performancein Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral in 2012.

She went on a hunger strike to protest prison conditions in September and was hospitalized. The prison service said in mid-October that she would be moved.

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