Pussy Riot Member Ends Hunger Strike

Russian band's troubled story continues...
Pussy Riot

Yet more developments in the story of Pussy Riot...

The punk trio was arrested last year, and members Yekaterina Samutsevich, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in prison. Samutsevich was released in October, but the remaining two are being held until March 2014.

Eleven days ago, Alyokhina went on hunger strike. Clash is pleased to report that she has now ended that particular protest.

Alyokhina began the strike due to the bad treatment she was receiving, stating that “her rights were being violated.” Irina Khrunova, her legal representative, believes that the authorities were trying to ostracise Alyokhina from the rest of her inmates by giving her harsher security.

Now, the 25-year-old has convinced authorities to loosen off some of the security measures within the prison.

Pussy Riot remain a divisive topic, across the musical and political landscape. Russian prime minister Dmitry Medvedev believes they should be released, standing against president Vladimir Putin, who is firm that they should be punished for their actions. Which, in case you've forgotten, went a little like this:

"Gross violation of public order and religious hatred", apparently.

Alyokhina has been denied parole, but Clash is amongst the many media outlets waiting to hear if she can appeal the decision.

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Words: Sarah McRuvie

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