Suspected Pussy Riot punk-gang member goes on hunger strike
MOSCOW, May 21 - RAPSI. One of the alleged Pussy Riot punk gang members, who was charged with public disorder in the Christ the Savior Cathedral in Moscow, has gone on hunger strike, lawyer Violetta Volkova told the Russian Legal Information Agency (RAPSI) on Monday.
"As far as I know, my client Yekaterina Samutsevich has been on hunger strike since the end of last week. I only found out today and I do not yet know the reason behind it," said Volkova.
On February 21, five masked members of the Pussy Riot punk-group performed a protest song called "Holy Sh*t" at the altar of the cathedral. The video of their performance was posted on the Internet and incited a major public uproar.
Three suspected Pussy Riot members are now under detention, facing up to seven years in prison for hooliganism. The court ruled to keep Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich in detention until June 24.