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Petitioning Director, Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation Gennady A. Kornienko

Support the demands made by Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in her declaration of hunger strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot who is currently imprisoned in Russia, has gone on hunger strike to protest poor conditions. She is being threatened with death or violence by the deputy chief of Correctional Colony 14 of the Republic of Mordovia Yu. V. Kupriyanov, as well as inmates of the colony. In a letter published on September 23rd, in addition to the threats, Nadezhda says that she and other inmates are forced to work sewing garments for 16-17 hours a day, in violation of the law.

Nadezhda plans to continue her hunger strike until her demands are met. These are: (a) transfer to another penal colony where she would not be subject to physical and psychological pressure that includes, as she claims, threats of physical violence, and (b) transfer from her sewing plant to one belonging to a different industry. Tolokonnikova has also sent the Investigative Committee a statement concerning the death threat made verbally by the deputy chief of the penal colony.

Please sign this petition and support the demands made by Tolokonnikova. Together, we can help her.

An excerpt from Nadezhda’s letter:

“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 camp function in accordance with the law. I demand that we be treated like human beings, not slaves.”

Letter to
Director, Federal Penitentiary Service of the Russian Federation Gennady A. Kornienko
Support of the demands made by Nadezhda Tolokonnikova in her declaration of hunger strike