Topic: Punk Group Pussy Riot Case
MOSCOW, September 27 (RIA Novosti) – A Pussy Riot rocker on hunger strike over allegedly horrendous prison conditions has been hospitalized, Russia’s penitentiary service said Friday, hours after it was announced that her prison transfer request had been denied.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, serving a two-year sentence over a so-called punk prayer protest in Moscow’s main cathedral last year, has been placed in the medical ward of her Mordovian penal colony “on doctors’ orders,” the penitentiary service told RIA Novosti.
Tolokonnikova, 23, announced her hunger strike earlier this week. In an open letter published by news site Lenta.ru, she harshly criticized the prison’s labor and sanitary conditions and claimed that a vice warden had threatened her life.
Her lawyer, Dmitry Dinze, said Friday that a request for Tolokonnikova to be transferred to a different prison had been denied. That same day a local official announced that the prison did not support her request for early release, an issue to later be decided in court.
Prison authorities have said Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike as blackmail after she was denied privileged treatment. The only sustenance that Tolokonnikova has allowed herself on her now five-day strike is water.
On Wednesday, Russian media quoted her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, as saying a guard had taken away Tolokonnikova’s drinking water and allegedly grabbed her by the arms without letting go.
A penitentiary service representative denied those claims on Friday, telling RIA Novosti that doctors had recommended that Tolokonnikova’s water simply be changed to warm water, and that physical force had not been used against her.
Tolokonnikova, to be released in March 2014, was convicted in February 2012 along with fellow Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich.
On Thursday a Moscow court postponed a hearing to decide whether Alyokhina should be released early. Samutsevich was initially convicted alongside Alyokina and Tolokonnikova but was released early.
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- Mikhail1228So what?19:16, 27/09/2013The Western media prefers to insult Putin and herald the perverted girls that defile Christian churches in Russia. The same Christ the Savior Cathedral destroyed by Stalin and the Communists and rebuilt by the Russian Orthodox faithful. The West proclaims how terrible Putin is and how he jailed poor little girls in a band who were just singing in church. Even the conservative media in the US, supposedly Christian, ignores the Russian church and men like Putin who helped it after the fall of the Soviet Union. Propaganda they say. Propaganda is when the West warps or ignores the truth of a church Christ Himself saved!
- Arthur ClarkTOTALLY AGREE20:21, 27/09/2013Yes you are you completely correct, the western media has demonozied the Russian Orthodox Church and the people of Russia for some low life sluts - just so that the western media can poke Russia in the eye. If the American people knew the real story behind Pussy Riot, they would be completely behind the Russian Court system for sentencing these Pussy Riot girls for two years. From the recent pictures of the Pussy Riot Girls that are in prison it looks like they may be on the road to rehabilitation as they are dressing much better now then when they had the worlds attention during the trial. But in the end I think they are just waiting for the big fat pay check for when they get out of prison.
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