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31st May 2013

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Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina has been moved to a hospital in the Urals town of Berezniki for medical care after her hunger strike progressed into its second full week.

Maria's hunger strike is in protest to Russian prison officials who have now prevented her from attending her own parole hearing.

Maria also claims that she has ben subjected to intimidation and mistreatment from prison guards including being housed with far more extreme and experienced criminals who were encouraged to mistreat her. This claim led to Maria being placed in solitary confinement for five months.

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Fellow band mate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, was denied parole last month.

Maria Alekhina, Ekaterina Samutsevich and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova are the three members of Pussy Riot who were jailed in August 2012 for two years after being found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred after staging an anti-Vladimir Putin protest in a Moscow cathedral.

Many musicians around the world have called for their release including; Green Day, Faith No More, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Paul McCartney, Patti Smith and Courtney Love.

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