Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike
Maria Alekhina says prison officials met her demands
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 1, 2013 9:46 AM CDT
A file photo of Maria Alekhina.   (AP Photo/Alexander Agafonov, File)

(Newser) – A Russian activist says that a jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger strike after prison authorities met her demands. Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural Mountains attempted to turn fellow inmates against her with a security crackdown. Inmates, who could previously enter and leave their workplace freely, had to wait for up to an hour for prison guards to escort them.

Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of Alekhina's jailed bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, said Alekhina called today to say she has ended her action after prison officials restored the normal security regime. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova are serving two-year sentences over an irreverent punk protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral.

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apocalypso
Jun 2, 2013 4:41 PM CDT
LOL, poor baby. I'll have the guys at GlTMO send her a sympathy card, that must have been really tough on her.
kawahchan
Jun 2, 2013 12:23 PM CDT
Whenever Putin kicks out these 3 ladies of Pussy Riot out of Russia, these 3 ladies are welcomed to apply to use Political Refugees & Political Asylum status to live in the United States of America, for the Religion Freedom, these 3 ladies will continue their performance to play Broadway Music in New York City or Las Vegas.
Vincebus
Jun 1, 2013 8:59 PM CDT
well its like i always said .... ya cant be all that bad if ya go to jail