“Pussy Riot´s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: `Why I have gone on hunger strike`!

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Pussy Riot‘s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova: Why I have gone on hunger strike

In an open letter, the imprisoned Pussy Riot member explains why the brutal conditions at Penal Colony No 14 have led her to undertake a hunger strike in protest
• Pussy Riot member starts hunger strike over prison conditions

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova
Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends court in 2012. Photograph: Aleshkovsky Mitya/ Aleshkovsky Mitya/ITAR-TASS Photo/Corbis

Beginning Monday, 23 September, I am going on hunger strike. This is an extreme method, but I am convinced that it is my only way out of my current situation.

The penal colony administration refuses to hear me. But I, in turn, refuse to back down from my demands. I will not remain silent, resigned to watch as my fellow prisoners collapse under the strain of slavery-like conditions. I demand that the colony administration respect human rights; I demand that the Mordovia…

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