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Jailed Pussy Riot Member to End Term in a Hospital
17.12.2013 10:34
Jailed Pussy Riot Member to End Term in a Hospital

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a jailed member of an anti-Kremlin Pussy Riot punk band, will serve the remainder of her sentence in a hospital, a penitentiary official told Russian press on Monday. She is expected to be released in March 2014.

      Tolokonnikova was transferred to a hospital in the Siberian town of Krasnoyarsk in the middle of November, following two hunger strike campaigns she carried out in protest at her purported treatment in jail.

      Tolokonnikova was sentenced together with two other Pussy Riot members to two years in a prison in August 2012 on hooliganism charges for performing an anti-president “punk prayer” protest action in a Moscow cathedral.

      Being in prison, Tolokonnikova initiated a hunger strike amid claims she was forced to work 17-hour days as a seamstress and was denied rest on the weekends at her prison camp in the republic of Mordovia. She also complained of work-related injuries and regular abuse by prison guards. She had to suspend her hunger strike in September 2013, after nine days, over unspecified health issues, but resumed the protest in October. Days later, prison authorities announced she was to be moved to another detention facility. Then Nadezhda was taken to the local hospital due to her bad health condition.

Author: Julia Alieva

Tags: Pussy Riot Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Russian prisons Russian opposition activists  

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