Jailed Pussy Riot Member Goes on Hunger Strike
Maria Alyokhina refuses to participate in parole hearing
By Evann Gastaldo, Newser Staff
Posted May 22, 2013 12:06 PM CDT
Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot is escorted to a courtroom in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, April 19, 2012.   (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

(Newser) – One of the still-jailed members of Pussy Riot has declared a hunger strike, RIA Novosti reports, after a Russian court denied Maria Alyokhina access to her own parole appeal. She had been participating via video, but when denied transportation to the courthouse, she refused to keep participating and prohibited her defense team from continuing to represent her. The Guardian reports that Alyokhina had been required to fax in all her motions, which meant the hearing was regularly paused.

She made her hunger strike declaration at the end of today's hearing; proceedings are scheduled to continue tomorrow. "Let the troika sitting here—the judge, the prosecutor, and the colony employee—decide my fate," she said. Alyokhina was sentenced to two years in prison last year for the punk band's performance of an anti-Putin song; two other band members were also sentenced, but one has since been released.

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Ivan_the_Gypsy
May 22, 2013 8:13 PM CDT
So let them starve. They're probably 40 pounds over weight any way.
BobbyRicigliano
May 22, 2013 12:37 PM CDT
What is 'hooliganism' exactly?
lvan
May 22, 2013 12:36 PM CDT
Stop spreading lies. They ware arrested and sentenced for hooliganism not for "performance of an anti-Putin song" They got off light due to western fempire constant whining. As for hunger strike, pff more food for other prisoners.