MOSCOW (AP) — The Russian Federal Penitentiary Service says that an imprisoned member of the punk band Pussy Riot is ending her hunger strike nine days after it began.
The service told the state news agency ITAR-Tass that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova was in stable health after ending the hunger strike on Wednesday. An opposition leader who said he had spoken with Tolokonnikova also tweeted that she was ending the strike.
The Pussy Riot member began the hunger strike to protest violations of rules covering work conditions in the women's penal colony where she is serving a two-year sentence for a provocative performance denouncing Russian leader Vladimir Putin.
In declaring the hunger strike, Tolokonnikova described 16-hour work days and payment far below what is required by law.
Prison authorities have dismissed Tolkonnikova's claims.