Pussy Riot Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova on Hunger Strike

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova / AP

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, a member of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot, says she will begin a hunger strike in prison to protest harsh working conditions and threats on her life, the Associated Press reports.

Tolokonnikova, who is serving a two-year sentence for hooliganism, is one of three members of the group arrested last year for an impromptu performance in Moscow’s main cathedral lambasting President Vladimir Putin.

From the Associated Press:

In a letter published Monday on the group’s blog, Tolokonnikova says inmates in her prison are forced to work up to 17 hours a day in a shop that makes police uniforms.

She also says the prison’s deputy warden threatened her last month, saying "Things never will be bad for you because there is nothing bad in the next world."

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