Jailed Pussy Riot Member Goes On Hunger Strike

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167525080 Jailed Pussy Riot Member Goes On Hunger Strike

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Beginning today (September 23) jailed Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, will go on hunger strike in hopes that it will send a message to the Russian jail where she has been for the last year that they must treat their prisoners humanely.

In an open letter printed in The Guardian, she writes, “This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.”

She goes on to explain that the Mordovia camp where she has been placed has “the highest levels of security, the longest workdays, and the most flagrant rights violation.” She compares being in this specific jail to being sent to the “scaffold,” or to her own execution.

“The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands,” Tolokonnikova wrote. “I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves.”

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