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Jailed Pussy Riot Member: I Won’t Quit

Parole hearing is scheduled for April 26, but Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova says she submitted documents to show “they cannot break a person.”

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova, 23, on Tuesday vowed to continue her activism despite being sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.” In a 15-minute telephone interview, Tolokonnikova kept being interrupted by guards who told her to stop talking about politics. Tolokonnikova and two other members of the punk group were found guilty in August after they performed a song criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin in a church. She has a parole hearing set up for April 26, but she said she had never even heard about it and said “for me, the parole hearing means nothing. In our case, the government wants us to recognize our guilt, which of course we won’t do.” Tolokonnikova said she submitted documents to the parole board to show “they cannot break a person.”

Tolokonnikova said she spends her days in prison sewing uniforms for various Russian officials, and she said “it could be worse.” She said she tries to use her time “constructively—positively, creatively” and her “main task is to make it so the time they take from me isn’t lost. And I think I am successful.”

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