Hunger Strike Puts Jailed Pussy Rioter in Hospital

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova hasn't eaten in five days

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Sep 27, 2013 2:02 PM CDT

(Newser) – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been moved to the medical ward at the Mordovia penal colony, after five days of refusing to eat, Russian state-run media reported today. The 23-year-old Pussy Riot member declared that she was going on hunger strike after her request to move to a different prison was denied. She has been drinking water, but her husband this week alleged that a guard refused to give that water to her. The prison has denied that, with a spokesman saying that they've been obeying doctor recommendations to give her warm water and not use physical force against her, CNN reports.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, listens from behind bars at a district court in Saransk, July 26, 2013.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the feminist punk band, Pussy Riot, listens from behind bars at a district court in Saransk, July 26, 2013.   (AP Photo)
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