Nadezhda Tolokonnikova released

posted 27 Dec 2013, 00:23 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 27 Dec 2013, 00:26 ]
23 December 2013

Source: (info)
Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been released under an amnesty declared to mark the 20th anniversary of the Russian Constitution. The news was tweeted by her husband Pyotr Verzilov at 14.30 on 23 December 2013.

The political prisoner has already left the Krasnoyarsk prison hospital where she had been transferred from the Mordovia penal colony.

According to, Tolokonnikova had been hospitalised following her hunger strike in protest at the conditions of detention in Mordovia and the refusal of her request to be transferred to a different correctional facility.

Maria Alekhina, another Pussy Riot member who was serving a sentence in the Nizhny Novgorod region, was also released in the morning of 23 December. Both were due to be released in March 2014.

Video interview with Nadezhda Tolokonnikova following her release

Translated by Joanne Reynolds