Breaking news: Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina was just denied parole, for the second time since the band's initial arrest. This comes after she declared a hunger strike yesterday in protest of unfair treatment by the Russian court system. Maria wasn't allowed to attend her own hearing in person - she was told to watch it via video link from her prison colony, which she said violated her rights.

Have you had enough of the Russian government's bullshit? Sir Paul McCartney has. 

Maria’s hunger strike and the ongoing outrageous treatment of these bandmates motivated McCartney to write open letters to Russian officials, calling for the immediate release of Maria and fellow imprisoned Pussy Riot Member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova. Both women are serving two year sentences.

“My personal belief is that further incarceration for Maria will be harmful for her and the situation as a whole, which, of course, is being watched by people all over the world,” he writes.

“In the great tradition of fair-mindedness which the Russian people (many of whom are my friends) are famous for, I believe that you granting this request would send a very positive message to all the people who have followed this case.”

On behalf of Nadezhda, McCartney asks Russian government officials to show “compassion and kindness” by freeing her as well. Let's hope they listen.

 

Thanks to Consequence of Sound and The Associated Press. Photo via The Telegraph.

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