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As The Atlantic reports, imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalized:

Though she had suffered from headaches since last spring, Tolokonnikova’s well-being has apparently worsened since being sent to the colony, where she is also reportedly ailing from overwork. According to the Associated Press, a band mate who did end up being released on an appeal Yekaterina Samutsevich told Rain TV about Tolokonnikova’s situation: “They don’t allow her to have any rest; she works nearly round the clock.” Samutsevich added: “She said she feels tired, extremely tired.”

The Guardian spoke with Alexander Rimmer, an activist who spent four years in a Russian penal colony:

The penal colonies inhabited by Tolokonnikova and her fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, 24, do not differ significantly from the gulags of the Soviet Union, said Alexander Rimmer, a human rights activist who spent four years in Russian prisons.

Prison authorities are, however, likely to take special care of celebrity prisoners. “They are probably very frightened of something happening to Tolokonnikova,” Rimmer said. “There would be a big scandal.”




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