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Pussy Riot member announces hungre strick for human rightsPussy Riot member announces hungre strick for human rights

Pussy Riot Member Goes on Hunger Strike for Human Rights

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Through a statement from her lawyer, Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has announced that she will be going on a hunger strike beginning September 23rd. The punk band member is protesting the blatant human rights violations that she has encountered while imprisoned in Russia’s Mordovia camp.

The Pussy Riot member has documented a long list of abuses in the Mordovia camp, including 16-hour work days, impossible quotas, rotten food, filthy facilities and harsh punishments. She also revealed that the administration has encouraged violence and mistreatment among prisoners and suppressed any requests for improvement or attempts to get outside help.

Tolokonnikova was arrested along with two other members of Pussy Riot after the band performed a protest song in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral on February 21, 2012. Although all three women denied being the masked performers, they were imprisoned and changed with hooliganism.

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of the women, stating that “[e]ven if the three arrested women did take part in the protest, the severity of the response of Russian authorities – the detention on the serious criminal charge of hooliganism – would not be a  justifiable response to the peaceful – if, to many, offensive – expression of their political beliefs.” The organization points out that the protestors left the building when asked to and caused no damage.

In spite of worldwide protests and petitions, Tolokonnikova and band member Maria Alyokhina remain in Russian prisons. Yekaterina Samutsevich was released after seven months in custody.

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