Pussy Riot Member Hospitalized on Hunger Strike

Imprisoned punk activist is protesting penal colony working conditions

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot.
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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot.
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Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalized a week into her hunger strike. According to the punk activist's husband, Tolokonnikova was moved to a prison hospital on Sunday night, The Associated Press reports.

Tolokonnikova began a hunger strike last week to protest inhumane working conditions in the Russian penal colony where she is incarcerated. She has also said a prison official made a death threat against her. 

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"I will do this until the administration starts obeying the law and stops treating incarcerated women like cattle," Tolokonnikova wrote in a note that was distributed by her husband last week. 

Tolokonnikova's lawyers have been prohibited from speaking to or visiting with her since Thursday.

Tolokonnikova and her bandmates were sentenced to two years in prison in August 2012 after performing what the band calls a "punk prayer" protest against President Vladmir Putin inside Moscow's main cathedral.

Tolokonnikova and fellow band member Maria Alyokhina are due for release in March. A third member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was freed on appeal last year.