A jailed member of Russian punk group Pussy Riot has been hospitalized amid an ongoing hunger strike.

Currently serving a two-year sentence at a prison colony in a remote Russia town in the Ural Mountains, Maria Alekhina was transferred to hospital on Tuesday, according to Pyotr Verzilov, the husband of her jailed bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova.

Alekhina's lawyer Irina Khrunova confirmed to Russian media her client's hospitalization, that she had been examined by a prison doctor and that she is continuing with her hunger strike.

Alekhina started the protest last Wednesday after learning she was being barred from attending her own parole hearing at the courthouse across from the prison.

Her request for early release on parole was ultimately denied, with the court ruling that she had shown no signs of repenting over the band's February 2012 punk protest at Moscow's Christ the Savior Cathedral and ignoring recent letters of support from high-profile figures like musicians Paul McCartney, Peter Gabriel and Patti Smith.

The decision came after the court denied her bandmate Tolokonnikova's similar parole request in April. A third convicted band member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, received a suspended sentence and was released in October.

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Maria Alyokhina, seen in a Moscow court in October, alleges she's endured discrimination and persecution by prison officials. (Natalia Kolesnikova/AFP/Getty Images)

Through her lawyer Khrunova, Alekhina alleges discrimination and persecution by prison officials. She says she was moved to solitary confinement for five months after complaining about being lodged alongside hardened criminals who had threatened her with violence.

In a letter, she also claims prison officials have attempted to turn other inmates against her, including by encouraging intimidation, staging a security crackdown before her hearing last week, limiting previously free movements and delaying medical care.

"I see no other way of bringing pressure on the administration to negotiate other than starving myself," Alekhina said in a statement published by her lawyer.

With files from The Associated Press