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Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova ends nine-day hunger strike

Pussy Riot‘s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has ended her nine-day hunger strike. Although deteriorating health forced Tolokonnikova to halt her protest against prison conditions, her husband has said that she will resume the strike if she is not transferred away from Mordovia’s Penal Colony No 14.

On Tuesday, Russia‘s Federal Penitentiary Service revealed that Tolokonnikova is again receiving food, two days after she was moved to a prison hospital. According to state news agency RIA Novosti, the 23-year-old is in a stable condition and receiving diet food over a drip. While human rights ombudsman Vladimir Lukin told Russian media that Tolokonnikova had received a promise that she would be transferred to a different penal colony, there was no such indication from her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, who said she may yet resume her fast.

Meanwhile, members of the Russian Presidential Human Rights Council have published a report confirming several of Tolokonnikova’s claims about conditions at Penal Colony No 14. As stated in her open letter from 23 September, many prisoners work as many as 16 hours per day, contrary to the eight-hour legal maximum, and are underpaid for their work.

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