Protest

09.23.1312:55 PM ET

Pussy Riot Member Begins Hunger Strike

To protest brutal conditions at penal colony.

In an open letter to The Guardian, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova announced that she will begin a hunger strike to protest conditions at Penal Colony No. 14 in Mordovia, where she is imprisoned. Tolokonnikova documents brutal abuses at the prison camp, including 17-hour workdays, constant beatings, and death threats from a camp administrator. Tolokonnikova is serving a two-year sentence for “hooliganism” after participating in an anti-Putin, anti-clerical performance in a Moscow cathedral last year.