Pussy Riot’s Nadezhda Tolokonnikova In Serious Condition

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Imprisoned Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is in serious condition following her nine day hunger strike, according to her husband, Pyotr Verzilov.

“Nadya’s condition, no joke, is now very serious,” Verzilov wrote on Twitter late Thursday.

He urged Tolokonnikova’s supporters to protest outside the prison, Penal Colony No. 14, in the Mordovia republic, The Moscow Times reported.

“Therefore, come to Zubova Polyana to rescue her. There are means to live and fight here.”

According to an Oct. 3, 2013 report at Rolling Stone, Russian parliamentary deputy Ilya Ponomarev said doctors feared for the Pussy Riot member’s life. Ponomarev met with Tolokonnikova on Tuesday of this week.

“She was extremely weak and she had a bad infection, which was very visible – she had a bad rash on her skin,” Ponomarev told Rolling Stone.

“She was very bad,” he said. “They were saying that unrecoverable damage was approaching, and I think they were right.”

Tolokonnikova said in a statement that she is suspending, not ending, her hunger strike because Russian authorities promised to move her to another prison.

“I am not ending my hunger strike, I am suspending it temporarily because my physical condition is now very bad and there are the beginnings of health complications,” read a message from Tolokonnikova that was distributed by her husband.

For more, go to Rolling Stone.-

And check out the story in The Moscow Times.

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