Pussy Riot member ends hunger strike

A source says that authorities have met Maria Alyokhina's demands

Published June 1, 2013 5:54PM (EDT)

Maria Alyokhina, one of the two jailed members of Russian punk-activist group Pussy Riot, has ended her hunger strike after 11 days, reports the Associated Press.

Aloykhina went on strike when she was put under heightened security supervision and was refused the right to attend her parole hearing in person almost two weeks ago. Despite international attention and a letter from Paul McCartney, Aloykhina was later denied parole, following the similar fate of fellow jailed band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

On Saturday, Tolokonnikova's husband Pyotr Verzilov told the AP that the vocal anti-Kremlin activist had ended the hunger strike, saying that prison officials have resumed their usual security protocols. Alyokhina's lawyer confirmed the news, but would not comment any further.

From the AP:

Verzilov said authorities took Alyokhina, who was hospitalized Tuesday, on a tour across the prison colony, so that she sees that all extra security measures were removed. The extra security meant that inmates were denied prompt medical care when they sustained injuries during their work sewing uniforms.

"It looks improbable, it's not in the tradition of the prison system here to make any concessions," Verzilov said. "There must have been a political decision."

The third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was released in October.

By Prachi Gupta

Prachi Gupta is an Assistant News Editor for Salon, focusing on pop culture. Follow her on Twitter at @prachigu or email her at pgupta@salon.com.

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