Star denied permission to attend own parole
Joanne Ball
16:03 28th May 2013

After seven days into a hunger strike, Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been hospitalised within the prison colony in Russia's Ural Mountaions where she is being detained.

The hunger strike comes after she was not permitted to attend her own parole hearing, with officials stating that she hasn’t repented for her crimes.

She, and two other Pussy Riot members were convicted for ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’ last august for staging a ‘punk prayer’ protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral last year.

Another jailed member of the band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, is being allowed to attend her hearing, and the other, Yekaterina Samutsevich was released last October- although she states that “I don't see a big difference between being in jail and out.”


Madonna shows her support for Pussy Riot at a Moscow Show

Alyokhina’s hunger strike prompted Paul McCartney to show his support, writing a letter to the Russian Authorities. He writes: “My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world,” which is shown in the portion his letter published on his website.

McCartney joins other musicians Madonna and Sinead O’Connor who have also shown their support.

Below: Pussy Riot recieve their 1Krone Award last year. 


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