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Imprisoned Pussy Riot member on hunger strike hospitalized

MOSCOW - The husband of an imprisoned member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot says she has been moved to a prison hospital on the seventh day of a hunger strike.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova began the hunger strike on Sept. 23 to protest what she described as inhumane working conditions and threats to her life at a women's penal colony.

Her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told the Interfax news agency that she was hospitalized Sunday. He described this as a positive step.

Tolokonnikova's lawyers have been barred from speaking to or visiting her since Thursday, heightening concerns about her condition.

Tolokonnikova and another Pussy Riot member are serving two-year sentences after protesting Russian leader Vladimir Putin's rule in an impromptu performance inside Moscow's main Orthodox cathedral in early 2012.

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