Russia: Pussy Riot member subject to death threats and isolation

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who has beenconvicted to two years in prison over a “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in August 2012, has been moved into isolation after she announced to be starting a hunger strike.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova

On 23 September 2013, a letter by the 23-year-old imprisoned Pussy-Riot member announcing her starting a hunger strike in protest at gulag-style prison conditions was sent to several news media around the word.

The Guardian – 23 September 2013:
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike
In an open letter, the imprisoned Pussy Riot member explains why the brutal conditions at Penal Colony No 14 have led her to undertake a hunger strike in protest

The day after she announced the hunger strike, prison authorities said they were moving Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to solitary confinement for her own safety – not as a punishment – after she complained of death threats from a senior prison official.

The Guardian – 25 September 2013:
Pussy Riot member in solitary confinement after hunger strike pledge
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova moved to separate cell for ‘her own safety’ after she wrote about being forced into slave-like labour. By Shaun Walker in Moscow

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is due for release in March 2013, as is fellow band member Maria Alyokhina. A third band member had her sentence suspended. advocates for the release of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, supports the family members and works with the group. You can keep up-to-date on the news about the case by following’s Twitter-account: @freepussyriot