Jailed Pussy Riot Member Begins Hunger Strike

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0  Updated at 9:53 pm, May 22nd, 2013 By: ABC Digital
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NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA/AFP/GettyImages(MOSCOW) — One of the jailed members of the Russian feminist punk group Pussy Riot has gone on a hunger strike.

Maria Alyokhina announced her hunger strike after being denied the right to attend her own parole hearing on Wednesday, RIA Novosti reported. She was reportedly able to monitor the proceedings via video conference but refused to participate or allow her lawyers to represent her. She had to file her own motions via fax.
 
Alyokhina is one of three members of the Russian female punk group that were convicted last August of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after staging what they called a “punk prayer,” a profanity-laced musical protest against President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral in February 2012.

The trio were sentenced to two years in prison. One of the women, however, had her sentence suspended in October. Alyokhina and the third woman, who herself was denied parole in April, remain in jail.

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