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Jailed Pussy Riot Member Restarts Protest Hunger Strike
21.10.2013 11:29
Jailed Pussy Riot Member Restarts Protest Hunger Strike

Russian punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year jail sentence for an anti-Kremlin stunt in a Moscow cathedral, restarted a hunger strike on Friday.

      Tolokonnikova’s decision is a protest against being transferred from a hospital, where she was being treated after a nine-day hunger strike against prison conditions, back to her former prison colony Friday in violation of promises made to her by officials, her husband Pyotr Verzilov was cited by Russian news website as saying.

      Russia’s prison service, however, said in an online statement a few hours after the renewed hunger strike announcement that Tolokonnikova would be moved to a different prison colony due to her having expressed fear over her personal safety at her current colony in the Russian republic of Mordovia.

      One of Tolokonnikova’s relatives will be informed of the location of her new prison colony within 10 days of her arrival there, the Russian prison service added.

      Last month Tolokonnikova, 23, published a letter that described in graphic detail the brutal conditions inside prison colony IK-14 in Mordovia, where she has been serving her sentence since after the end of her trial in August last year. She alleged that prisoners work up to 17 hours a day for six or seven days a week, are deprived of toilet access and washing facilities, and are subject to regular beatings.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Pussy Riot hunger strike Russian prisons  

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