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Gutterman reports: "One of the jailed members of Russian punk protest collective Pussy Riot has been moved to a prison with a hospital after suffering headaches and fatigue."

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends a court hearing in Khamovniki district court. (photo: Aleshkovsky Mitya/Itar-Tass/Corbis)
Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attends a court hearing in Khamovniki district court. (photo: Aleshkovsky Mitya/Itar-Tass/Corbis)


Jailed Pussy Riot Member Moved to Prison With Hospital

By Steve Gutterman, Reuters

01 February 13

 

ne of the jailed members of Russian punk protest collective Pussy Riot has been moved to a prison with a hospital after suffering headaches and fatigue, her bandmate said in remarks broadcast on Friday.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 23, was one of three women sentenced to two years in prison for a "punk prayer" in Russia's main cathedral last February in which they called on the Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Vladimir Putin.

Tolokonnikova was sent to a Corrective Colony No. 14 in the Mordovia region after losing her appeal in October.

"She has been complaining about her health for a long time, and a decision was taken to move her to a neighboring (prison) colony where there is a hospital," her bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich told Internet and cable channel Dozhd.

She said Tolokonnikova had suffered headaches for months and was exhausted from labor at the prison, where she reportedly has been working at a sewing machine. She said she had been moved to the other prison several days ago.

"The problem is, they don't let her rest after the shift," said Samutsevich. "After the shift, they give them more tasks, and she is just working round the clock. She complains of fatigue, huge fatigue."

Samutsevich said she believed Tolokonnikova was being monitored but not actively treated, and she did not specify whether she was hospitalized at all times. Prison authorities could not immediately be reached.

Tolokonnikova, Samutsevich and Maria Alyokhina were convicted of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for their protest in Moscow's Christ the Saviour cathedral, which the dominant Russian Orthodox Church cast as part of a coordinated attack.

The band said they were protesting the close ties between the government and the church, whose leader praised Putin during his successful campaign for a March 2012 presidential election after four years as prime minister.

Kremlin critics called the jailing of Pussy Riot part of a drive to silence dissent during Putin's new term. He has dismissed Western criticism of their jailing, saying the state must protect the faithful and guard against religious discord.

Samutsevich was freed in October when her sentence was suspended on appeal. Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina have about 13 months left in their sentences, which are counted from their arrests last March.

 

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+5 # universlman 2013-02-01 08:40
Strange that an atheistic government like Russia jails a band of artists to prevent "religious discord." I didn't know they cared.

In fact all they care about is protecting their dictatorship from attacks even by song.
 
 
+2 # seeuingoa 2013-02-01 09:32
In USA you now have Vagina Warriors (VW)
on the battlefield competing on equal terms with men in their wish for killing
in unnecessary wars overseas !

In Russia you have Pussy Riot fighting
on the political battlefield against
authorities and injustice.

WOW ! I just love these Russian girls.
 
 
0 # Mannstein 2013-02-02 11:03
Wonder if these Russian girls that you love had desecrated an Orthodox Jewish Synagogue instead of a Russian Orthodox Church you would feel the same?

I can hear the howls from the Usual Suspects already.
 
 
+4 # beachboy 2013-02-01 11:10
Putin should hear from the world about jailing and 'soft'-torturin g these gutsy women! I am appalled that it is possible in Russia to let the justice system be used so openly for political persecution. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova deserves a medal for bravery and smarts in the service of her country's democracy!

The sham of claiming religious protection by the state for the Russian orthodox church members stinks to high heaven...this means no disrepect to church members - for those over-sensitive souls...but political protest is justified even against the church, when that church through its patriarch acts as a political serf ! Putin is a slimy zar, who needs ousting, to give the Russian people a chance at fairness...
 
 
-4 # EPGAH3 2013-02-01 17:16
Even if Russia "hears from the world", they don't CARE what others think, or at least they don't let it influence policy!
America, on the other hand, invites members of enemy groups to Cabinet positions, so we can hear their positions on everything from illegals to terrorists, resulting in softer actions on both groups!
 
 
0 # Mannstein 2013-02-02 10:55
You mean you want to bring back the drunk Jeltsin who did the West's bidding at every possible opportunity?
 
 
0 # Smokey 2013-02-02 19:57
Vladimir Putin? He's the new Mr. Big for global capitalism.

The big corporations - in Europe, especially - love Vladimir. Like the Communists in China, he combines authoritarian politics with support for the global capitalist agenda.

The oppression of Russia's female rebels is just one of many crimes in the new Russia.

In the last paragraphs of Orwell's book "Animal Farm," the combination of tyranny and capitalism is anticipated. At the end, the workers (animals) can't tell one group of thugs from the other.

The libertarians - Ron Paul, for example - just shrug their shoulders. They'll do business with anybody.

The road to serfdom? Vladimir Putin will show you how to get to serfdom.
The Russians understand these things.
 
 
-1 # sicilianese 2013-02-03 06:02
nothing against Jewish people, I am not an anti-semite, but I don't understand something here. If somebody desecrates a synagogue, let's say spray paints a swastika or other hateful expression, it's anti - semitism usually punishable by law. But if somebody does desecrates a church, then it's the exercise of free speech and, according to some, carries protection of free speech. Can somebody explain this? I don't get it.
 

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