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Pussy Riot's Alyokhina moved to prison hospital over hunger strike

by RIA NovostiThe Moscow News at 29/05/2013 15:03

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina was transfered to a medical unit in her prison colony after a week of hunger striking, a representative of the federal penitentiary authority in the Perm Territory told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.

He refused to comment on Alyokhina's health, citing patient confidentiality.

Attorney Irina Khrunova told RIA Novosti that regional human rights activists planned a visit on Wednesday to assess conditions in the prison colony in the Urals town of Berezniki.

In February 2012, five young women wearing brightly colored balaclavas staged a "punk-style" prayer in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow. An edited video of their performance was posted on the Internet and caused a public outcry.

In August 2012, the Khamovnichesky District Court in Moscow sentenced Alyokhina and two other Pussy Riot members – Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Yekaterina Samutsevich – to two years in a prison settlement for hooliganism.

In October 2012, the Moscow City Court changed Samutsevich's verdict to a suspended sentence and released her immediately based on her new attorneys' argument that she was seized by security guards prior to reaching the altar.

Alyokhina's and Tolokonnikova's sentences were upheld.

In April 2013, the Zubova Polyana District Court in Mordovia rejected Tolokonnikova's request for parole.

Alyokhina began her hunger strike after being barred from attending a parole hearing. Her request for parole was rejected by the Berezniki court on May 23.

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