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.
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.
Freepussyriot.org 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 Freepussyriot.org’s Twitter-account: @freepussyriot