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Nov 22, 2012

Exiled punk rockers are just the beginning in Putin’s Russia

Terrible conditions inside Russian prison colonies and a bust-up with lawyers. Russian-born freelance journalist Sasha Petrova discovers that things aren't looking so good for punk band Pussy Riot.

Two years living in a communal barrack with 50 women — half of whom are infected with HIV — and 12-hour days sewing buttons onto uniforms: this is the life of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of two Pussy Riot singers exiled to a Russian prison colony.

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  1. Matt

    Two years living in a communal barrack with 50 women — half of whom are infected with HIV — and 12-hour days sewing buttons onto uniforms: this is the life of Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, one of two P-ssy Riot singers exiled to a Russian prison colony.

    Why the reference to the HIV status of a proportion of the other prisoners?

  2. Kez

    Why not mention their HIV Status, Matt? Afterall it is a communicable virus and this is a group of people living in very close quarters who might end up sharing body fluids. You’ve got a pretty high chance of going in HIV-free and coming out riddled with the virus and that wouldn’t be the relative picnic it is in Australia.

  3. mook schanker

    No needle exchange program in the clink?

  4. AR

    Presumably no dental dams either.

  5. sottile6

    Where are all the cold war warriors now? Is it ok for modern Russia to lock artists up on trumped up charges because they are not communists? I am sick of the left being accused of hypocrisy but who in the west is outraged by the very existence of these gulags now? Where are the right wingers who are so reasonable, where are the libertarians who love to attack the left with their torrents of complaint about social democrats? If anyone bothered to make a fuss about the fascist state that is modern Russia, then they would be supporting artists, trade unions and journalists. The hypocrisy sickens me.

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