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Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Hospitalized After Hunger Strike

September 30, 2013  |  11:45am
Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Hospitalized After Hunger Strike

Five days after going on a hunger strike, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalized.

Tolokonnikova is currently on strike to protest the working conditions of what she calls “slave labor” in Russia’s Mordovia prison. According to her husband, Peter Verzilov, the prison ordered guards to take away her drinking water. Shortly after, “on the recommendation of doctors,” Tolokonnikova was moved to the prison’s medical wing to receive treatment.

Tolokonnikova has accused prison officials of forcing inmates to work up to 17 hours a day sewing police uniforms until their hands bleed. Tolokonnikova’s bandmate Maria Alyokhina, also went on a hunger strike over the summer when she was denied attendance to her parole hearing. Alyokhina officially ended her protest after the prison met her demands.

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich have all been labeled “prisoners of conscience” by Amnesty International.

In a letter to her husband, Tolokonnikova wrote: “I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions.”

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