Pussy Riot member begins hunger strike, details conditions of penal colony

The Guardian has published a letter from Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova entitled “Why I Have Gone On Hunger Strike.” In this letter, she explains the harsh conditions of the Russian penal colony of Mordovia:

“My brigade in the sewing shop works 16 to 17 hours a day. From 7.30am to 12.30am. At best, we get four hours of sleep a night. We have a day off once every month and a half. We work almost every Sunday. Prisoners submit petitions to work on weekends “out of [their] own desire”. In actuality, there is, of course, no desire to speak of. These petitions are written on the orders of the administration and under pressure from the prisoners that help enforce it.”

Read the letter in its entirety over here.

By now you should know that 3 Pussy Riot members were arrested in connection to their “punk prayer” protest against Vladimir Putin, which occurred in February 2012 at Christ the Saviour Cathedral in Moscow.  One member has since been released but 2 still remain in custody, sparking protests around the globe.

If you’re interested in getting involved with the Pussy Riot solidarity movement, there is a Facebook event with information as well as a Free Pussy Riot website with details about global action.


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