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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has written a long letter detailing life inside prison colony No 14 in the Russian region of Mordovia, revealing appalling conditions reminiscent of the Soviet Gulag system.

Pussy Riot member starts hunger strike over prison conditions | World news | theguardian.com 9/23/2013

In the “final battle between good and neutrality” (Navalny’s phrase), I hope the good will lift the lids off the sewers and get into the subterranean chambers, one way or another, sooner or later.

If it’s for the good of humanity, much including humanity in Russia, is it really anarchy?

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So far the alleged features of Pussy Riot prisoner Nadezhda Tolokonnikova include the following:

  • Seven days of 16 to 17 hours of work a day, essentially, in the Mandarin style, an 8-hour workday with an impossible quota in piecework;
  • Beatings known to and sanctioned by prison authorities;
  • Death threats by authority, allegedly.

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A spokeswoman for the Federal Prison Service said the member of the feminist punk rock group is now in a spacious single cell with a bed, a refrigerator, toilet and personal belongings.

Pussy Riot member put in solitary confinement – Central & South Asia – Al Jazeera English 9/24/2013

She “worked her shift in the morning and then, for no reason whatsoever, went and wrote this statement,” Russian news agencies quoted Mr. Morozov as saying.

One Day in the Life of Pussy Riot: A jailed artist shines light on Russian prisons – CSMonitor.com 9/24/2013

It would seem Orwell’s world — actually, possibly, something even more dismal — has returned to the post-Soviet pseudo-medieval Russian system.

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What has Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to hide?

Apart from humane treatment and a little human respect, what has Nadezhda Tolokonnikova to get from having written such a letter?

These are fierce fighters, these Russians, and that would seem to include their wild women, these of Pussy Riot a bit Out There in the way of the young but brought down to earth by way of Putin’s courts and, so far as we know today, Putin’s prisons.

Other Links

Pussy Riot – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

One Day in the Life of Pussy Riot: A jailed artist shines light on Russian prisons – CSMonitor.com 9/24/2013

The Navalny Case and the Final Battle between Good and Neutrality? | In Moscow’s Shadows 4/13/2013 — FBBGN is a great meme and should be used sparingly with the form “Navalny’s ‘Final Battle Between Good and Neutrality'”.  Of course, it’s everyone’s battle, but one ginormous state at a time, says I.

Lies are Told for Only Two Reasons | BackChannels

Video – Possible Stalinist Gulag-Style Prisons for ‘Pussy Riot’ Members – WSJ.com 9/21/2012

Russia’s Stalinist Treatment of Pussy Riot Women | World Affairs Journal – 9/30/2013.

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