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Demands met; hunger strike ends

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  • Nina Tkachuk Dimas
    (Patriarch Kirill, accompanied by -- among others -- +Hilarion Alfeyev, has begun an official visit to the Church of Greece.  Tomorrow morning Patriarch
    Message 1 of 1 , Jun 1, 2013
      (Patriarch Kirill, accompanied by -- among others -- +Hilarion Alfeyev, has begun an official visit to the Church of Greece.  Tomorrow morning Patriarch Kirill, together with Archbishop Hieronymos of Athens, will concelebrate at St. Panteleimon's Church in Athens).


      MOSCOW June 1, 2013 (AP)
      Jailed Pussy Riot member ends hunger strike
      A jailed member of the punk group Pussy Riot has ended her 11-day hunger
      strike Saturday after prison authorities met her demands, an activist said.
      Maria Alekhina had complained that officials at her prison colony in the Ural
      Mountains attempted to turn fellow inmates against her with a security
      crackdown. Inmates, who could previously enter and leave their workplace freely,
      had to wait for up to an hour for prison guards to escort them.
      Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of Alekhina's jailed band mate Nadezhda
      Tolokonnikova, told The Associated Press that Alekhina called Saturday to say
      she has ended her action after prison officials restored the normal security
      Verzilov said authorities took Alekhina, who was hospitalized Tuesday, on a
      tour across the prison colony, so that she sees that all extra security measures
      were removed. The extra security meant that inmates were denied prompt medical
      care when they sustained injuries during their work sewing uniforms.
      "It looks improbable, it's not in the tradition of the prison system here to
      make any concessions," Verzilov said. "There must have been a political
      Alekhina's lawyer, Irina Khrunova, confirmed to the AP that she ended the
      hunger strike, but gave no further details.
      Alekhina and Tolokonnikova are serving two-year sentences over an irreverent
      punk protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral. The third band
      member convicted alongside them, Yekaterina Samutsevich, was later released on
      Courts have denied parole to Alekhina and Tolokonnikova, who are serving
      their sentence in different prison colonies.
      Alekhina earlier spent five months in solitary confinement after claiming
      that officials deliberately lodged her with hardened criminals, including a
      convicted murderer, and encouraged them to intimidate her.
      In a complaint filed in January, Khrunova wrote that officials did nothing
      after seeing criminals threaten Alekhina with violence. The lawyer said
      officials also wrote false psychiatric reports and pushed Alekhina into
      violating colony rules.

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