A jailed member of Russia’s Pussy Riot group has announced she is going on hunger strike in protest over the authorities' failure to allow her to attend a parole hearing in person. Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, who was taking part in the proceedings at the Berezniki City Court in the Perm Territory via a videoconference facility at her prison, refused to continue taking part and barred her defense team from representing her interests, after being denied transportation to the courthouse, according to RIA Novosti. A Moscow court sentenced [...]
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Maria Alyokhina starts protest after being refused permission to attend parole hearing A jailed member of the anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot has begun a hunger strike to protest at a court decision to refuse her permission to attend her own parole hearing. Maria Alyokhina, 24, also forbade her lawyers from further representing her during the parole hearing, becoming the most high-profile prisoner to reject taking part in a justice system widely criticised as absurd. A regional court in Berezniki, a small city in the Urals region of Perm where [...]