Jailed member of Russia’s punk band goes on hunger strike

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Member of the female punk band "Pussy Riot" Tolokonnikova looks out from a holding cell as she attends a court hearing to appeal for parole at the Supreme Court of Mordovia in SaranskBy Gabriela Baczynska MOSCOW (Reuters) – A jailed member of Russia's Pussy Riot punk band said she was starting a hunger strike on Monday to protest against "slave labor" in her penal colony and said she had received a death threat from a senior prison official. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was sentenced to two years in jail in August 2012 after performing what the band called a "punk prayer" in a Moscow cathedral in a protest against President Vladimir Putin that came amid street protests against his rule. …

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