Pussy Riot - Jailed Russian Rocker Hospitalised
Jailed Pussy Riot rocker Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been hospitalised after reportedly suffering from overwork and ongoing headaches.
Tolokonnikova and her bandmate Maria Alekhina were sentenced to serve two years behind bars on hooliganism charges in August (12) after performing a protest song about Russian President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral last February (12).
The punk star has allegedly been suffering with headaches since last spring (12), but her health issues worsened in October (12) when she was transferred to a strict prison colony, where she works as a seamstress and jacket maker.
And last week (24Jan13) Tolokonnikova was finally taken to a medical centre in Mordovia for a full analysis.
Her bandmate Yekaterina Samutsevich tells Rain Tv, "They don't allow her to have any rest; she works nearly round the clock. She said she feels tired, extremely tired."
Meanwhile, Alekhina has also complained about the conditions at a prison colony in the Ural Mountains, threatening to stage a hunger strike if they become unbearable.
Alekhina, who lost an appeal a month ago and now faces an indefinite term behind bars, recently told the Novaya Gazeta newspaper she was placed in solitary confinement for 90 days in November (12) to protect her from other inmates.
The vegetarian reveals she has been cooking her own food from products provided by friends and fans.