Pussy Riot's Tolokonnikova goes on another hunger strike
MOSCOW, October 18 (RAPSI) - Jailed Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova went again on a hunger strike on Friday, the department of the Federal Service for Execution of Punishment for Mordovia told RIA Novosti.
Tolokonnikova returned from the hospital to the colony in Mordovia on October 17.
According to Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov, she launched again a hunger strike because her request for transfer to another colony has been denied.
Tolokonnikova went on a hunger strike for the first time on September 23 and asked to initiate a criminal case against deputy warden, who allegedly threatened her with murder. She also complained over inmates' low wages. The Federal Penitentiary Service claimed that the hunger strike was initiated after her demands to be comfortably accommodated in prison were rejected. The Investigative Committee opened a probe into Tolokonnikova's allegations.
The Pussy Riot member ended the strike on October, 1. She reportedly gave up her nine-day-long because of unspecified health problems.
In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a punk rock prayer in Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.
In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow sentenced Tolokonnikova and two other Pussy Riot members - Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - to two years in a prison settlement for hooliganism.
In October 2012, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's verdict to a suspended sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she had been seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.
The sentences of Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were upheld. Alyokhina was transferred last August to serve her prison term to Nizhny Novgorod region while Tolokonnikova remains in Mordovia.