Jailed Pussy Riot Member Hospitalized
Nadezhda Tolonnikova said to be overworked
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Feb 1, 2013 3:26 AM CST
In this Aug. 17, 2012 file photo, Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova sits in a glass enclosure at a court in Moscow, Russia.   (Misha Japaridze)

(Newser) – A jailed member of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band has been hospitalized after complaining of headaches and of suffering from overwork at a prison colony known for its tough conditions, a fellow band member said today. An official confirmed that Nadezhda Tolonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for an irreverent protest against Vladimir Putin, is in a hospital at her prison colony in Mordovia in western Russia. A prison spokeswoman declined to specify her illness, saying only it was "nothing serious."

Bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich didn't say why Tolokonnikova was hospitalized, but she added that during their trial she said she was suffering from headaches and the judge ignored it. Samutsevich said that Tolokonnikova feels exhausted after working long hours with little sleep. "They don't allow her to have any rest; she works nearly round the clock," Samutsevich told independent Rain TV. Tolokonnikova works at a sewing machine like most female prisoners in Russia's prison colonies; she told an independent paper that she can now meet her quota of making lining for 320 jackets a day.

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1492
Feb 1, 2013 7:33 PM CST
Mr. Vladamir Putin, please free your precious treasure. Please realize what you have. Pussy Riot's crime does not measure up to their punishment. This looks more like a Mexican Standoff between you and the people of your country. That you have to show your Machismo and show who is boss.... Everybody knows you are the boss....you have nothing to prove...please free the girls. Send them to America. I will take them in. I will vouch for them. I have a home for them. 1942
1492
Feb 1, 2013 7:22 PM CST
The Pussy girls belong here with us. I am hereby petitioning Mr. Vladamir Putin to release the girls...to lose 2 years of their lives...........at the peak of their youth....that is the crime and Putin should be the one in jail. The Russian people should rise in Unison for these ladies! "Free Pussy Riot"..... This is the start of a "Free Pussy Riot", "Free Pussy Riot" "Free Pussy Riot"....jailed just because they have a beautiful unique catchy name...."Free Pussy Riot"!!!!!! Everybody knows, that there is nothing in the world more beautiful than a beautiful Woman! And these girls are beautiful. 1942
InferiorToYou
Feb 1, 2013 7:30 AM CST
At least she is getting better treatment than Bradley Manning