Alicia Silverstone has written a letter to Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin, asking that imprisoned band mates are served vegan meals. Members of girl band Pussy Riot have been in jail since March after they performed a song that was anti-Putin in a Moscow cathedral. One member in particular, Maria Alekhina, is a vegan and Silverstone spoke out on behalf of PETA to ask that the Russian government allow her vegan food while behind bars.
"I have been following the trial involving three members of the band Pussy Riot. As a vegan myself, I was deeply concerned to learn that one of the women, Maria Alekhina, who is a vegan, reportedly collapsed from hunger during a court session," Silverstone wrote. "I respectfully request you to ensure that vegan meals are available to Ms. Alekhina and all prisoners."
Madonna, Franz Ferdinand and Paul McCartney had also asked that Alekhina and her band mates, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Ekaterina Samoutsevitch, are released from prison so they have the choice of eating healthy meals that do not include meat.