Pussy Riot member hospitalized, ends hunger strike

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s 9-day hunger strike has come to an end due to her (seemingly forced) hospitalization. She is also being denied visitation from family members and lawyers, according to her husband Pyotr Verzilov:

The chief doctor officially told me that he was refusing me a meeting with Nadia. They explained it by the fact that her state of health is so bad that she cannot speak with her defense. We have no idea what things can be happening to her now.

If you’re interested in knowing why Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike in the first place, you can read a letter from her, appropriately entitled “Why I Have Gone On Hunger Strike,” right 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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