Maria Alekhina intends to use hunger strike to ensure her presence at court parole hearing

posted 19 May 2013, 11:42 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 19 May 2013, 12:32 ]
17 May 2013 

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Maria Alekhina, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, is fighting to ensure her personal presence at the court parole hearing and intends to go on hunger strike should she be refused this right. This information has appeared on the webpage of another member of the band, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

"Due to the fact that the Berezniki town court is trying to infringe Maria’s right to be personally present at the court parole hearing on 22nd of May, Maria and her lawyers filed an official petition with the court authorities of Perm region and with the penitentiary authorities in both Perm and Moscow, announcing that if the Berezniki court refuses to bring her from prison to court for the hearing, she will go on hunger strike from 22nd of May as a way of protesting against the infringement of her right to fully participate in the court hearing" the statement reads, as quoted by

"Alekhina’s right to be personally present in court is guaranteed by law, but as of late the Berezniki court has been referring to the possibility of vidoeconferencing with her from the prison where she is detained," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova’s husband Petr Verzilov said in a statement to the news agency Interfax .

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were both convicted on the charge of hooliganism and each sentenced to two years of imprisonment. A third member of the band who was convicted, Ekaterina Samytsevich, was given a suspended sentence on appeal. The reason for their arrest and prosecution was the punk performance "Mother of God, chase Putin away" by the punk band Pussy Riot at the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour.