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Russian punk rocker Nadya Tolokonnikova on how she spends her time in jail: Prison is a good place to learn to really listen to your own mind and your own body. I’ve learned to read much more deeply, for instance. For four months, I had nothing to read but the Bible, so I read it ...

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Russian punk rocker Nadya Tolokonnikova on how she spends her time in jail:

Prison is a good place to learn to really listen to your own mind and your own body. I've learned to read much more deeply, for instance. For four months, I had nothing to read but the Bible, so I read it for all four months -- diligently, picking everything apart. Prison is like a monastery -- it's a place for ascetic practices. After a month here, I became a vegetarian. Walking in circles for an hour in that tiny dusty yard gets you into a pretty meditative state as well. We don't get much in the way of the news. But enough to get inspired. "

Later in the interview, she comments, in an aside, "unlike Putin, we're not chickenshit."

Russian punk rocker Nadya Tolokonnikova on how she spends her time in jail:

Prison is a good place to learn to really listen to your own mind and your own body. I’ve learned to read much more deeply, for instance. For four months, I had nothing to read but the Bible, so I read it for all four months — diligently, picking everything apart. Prison is like a monastery — it’s a place for ascetic practices. After a month here, I became a vegetarian. Walking in circles for an hour in that tiny dusty yard gets you into a pretty meditative state as well. We don’t get much in the way of the news. But enough to get inspired. "

Later in the interview, she comments, in an aside, "unlike Putin, we’re not chickenshit."

Thomas E. Ricks covered the U.S. military from 1991 to 2008 for the Wall Street Journal and then the Washington Post. He can be reached at ricksblogcomment@gmail.com. Twitter: @tomricks1

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