May 28, 2013
By Scott Walker
A member of jailed Russian punk group Pussy Riot is entering the second week of a hunger strike to protest against what she says is a persecution campaign against her.
Maria Alekhina has written a letter saying that prison officials are attempting to turn fellow inmates against her by enacting a security crackdown and denying them medical care.
Alekhina went on hunger strike last Wednesday after she was barred from attending her own parole hearing, which denied her release.
Alekhina earlier spent five months in solitary confinement after claiming that officials deliberately lodged her with hardened criminals, encouraging them to intimidate her.
A Moscow court jailed Alekhina and two band mates last year for an impromptu protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s main cathedral.