"My only cellmate, Nina, and I sleep on metal beds in outdoor clothes. She sleeps in a fur coat; I sleep in a coat.
It’s so cold in the cell that our noses turn red and our feet are ice cold, but we are not allowed to get into bed and under the covers before the bedtime bell. The holes in the window frames are stuffed with hygiene pads and bread crumbs. The sky is all orange from the street lamps at night.
I’ve officially stopped my hunger strike so I now drink warm colored water (tea) and eat dry bread three times a day. The flat metal beds are terrifying, it seems easy to smash your head against the edges.
Nina keeps saying it won’t get any worse. She’s fifty-five. She got detained for burglary. A drunken policeman took all her stuff and forced her to sign the report incriminating her; she never got to read what she signed. Now she’s a thief in a mask. She’s one of Pussy Riot too."
– March 5, 2012