Tolokonnikova threatens to resume hunger strike if her demands are not met

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, convicted member of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, said she is ready to resume her hunger strike if her three demands, including her transfer to a different colony, are not met.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, convicted member of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, said she is ready to resume her hunger strike if her three demands, including her transfer to a different colony, are not met.

In her statement given to her lawyers through State Duma deputy Ilya Ponomaryov, which was also made available to Interfax, Tolokonnikova said she is not stopping her hunger strike, but is just suspending it due to her health and complications.

"My demands are an appropriate investigation into the convicted women's living conditions in Penal Colony 14, security and the absence of psychological pressure on the convicted women who have testified about the situation in Penal Colony 14, and my transfer to a different colony from Penal Colony 14 in accordance with the Federal Service for the Enforcement of Punishments' promise to transfer me, which has been communicated to me," the statement says.

Tolokonnikova said she will resume her hunger strike if any of these demands are not met.

"The only condition under which I am not ready to resume my hunger strike in the event of my transfer back to Penal Colony 14 from the hospital is the opening of a criminal case against Lieutenant-Colonel Yury Kupriyanov by the Investigative Committee. If a criminal case is opened, I am ready to serve the rest of my term in Penal Colony 14," Tolokonnikova said in her statement.

Tolokonnikova went on hunger strike on September 23, having said that she had received death threats. The convict has informed the Federal Penitentiary service of the hunger strike, has complained about the threats to the Investigative Committee and has reached out to a commissioner.

Meanwhile, the Russian Federal Penitentiary Service press office said that the defense team and husband of Tolokonnikova have blackmailed the deputy head of the Mordovia colony with the statements concerning the threats against Tolokonnikova.

The Investigative Committee's Investigations Directorate for Mordovia has ordered a verification of Tolokonnikova's statement.

On September 30 the Federal Penitentiary Service confirmed that Tolokonnikova had been transferred to an inpatient medical facility.

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