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Pussy Riot member Tolokonnikova resumes hunger strike

October 18, 2013, 13:19 UTC+3
September 23, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova announced a hunger strike, complaining about homicide threats in her address
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Photo ITAR-TASS/EPA/MAXIM SHIPENKOV

MOSCOW, October 18. (ITAR-TASS). Convicted Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova resumed her hunger strike after she was transferred from hospital back to the penal colony, where she is serving her sentence. This was reported by the Mordovian Office of the Federal Penitentiary Service.

Tolokonnikova was transferred from hospital October 17, since the hospital treatment period was over.

“Today she wrote an application about food intake refusal,” the Federal Penitentiary Service Office reported.

According to the Service, Tolokonnikova will be under medical supervision of local medical unit staff.

September 23, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova announced a hunger strike, complaining about homicide threats in her address. September 29, due to complaints about pains in the back she was transferred first to the colony’s medical unit and then to the hospital where she stopped her hunger strike and went on a healthy diet. The Federal Penitentiary Service reported that “her health condition is stable, planned therapeutical and diagnostical measures are being taken”.

Upon Tolokonnikova’s claims about homicide threats the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee in Mordovia initiated proprietary and pre-investigation checks.

August 17, 2012, Moscow’s Khamovnichesky district Court convicted three members of Pussy Riot punk group – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich for hooliganism based on religious hatred and feud after their notorious ‘punk-prayer’ in Christ the Savior Cathedral. Each of them was sentenced to 2 years in general regime penal colony. October 10, the Moscow City Court altered the sentence of Samutsevich for suspended. Other two sentences remain unchanged.

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