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Protesters demonstrate against the prison sentences of the Russian band Pussy Riot. (SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

Protest

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.

Read it at The Guardian

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