Hunger striking Pussy Riot member moved to isolation unit

The Russian prison service has denied that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is a form of punishment

Topics: Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Pussy Riot, Russia, penal colony, Prison labor, Hunger Strike, isolation unit, ,

After announcing that she was beginning a hunger strike this week, speaking out in an open letter about “slave labor”-like conditions at the Russian penal colony where she is held, Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has reportedly been moved to an isolation unit in the detention camp.

The BBC reported:

A jailed member of the punk band Pussy Riot has been moved to an isolation cell for her own safety, prison authorities in Russia say.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on Monday announced she had started a hunger strike to protest against the conditions in her penal colony.

But the prison service denied her solitary confinement was a punishment.

… A spokesman said on Tuesday that: “Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been placed in a so-called safe place in the colony. It is not a punishment cell.”

Natasha Lennard

Natasha Lennard is an assistant news editor at Salon, covering non-electoral politics, general news and rabble-rousing. Follow her on Twitter @natashalennard, email nlennard@salon.com.

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