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Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina says she escaped Russia dressed as a food courier


Alyokhina advised the New York Times that although she as soon as refused to depart the nation regardless of a number of arrests and durations of imprisonment, she lastly left after Russian authorities mentioned she’d serve time in a penal colony. She had been underneath “efficient home arrest,” the Instances mentioned, and has overtly criticized the struggle in Ukraine.
To keep away from detection, she mentioned, she dressed in a puffy inexperienced jacket sometimes worn by a food courier. In pictures she shared with the Instances, her girlfriend is pictured sporting the jacket with a giant lunchbox on her again. Throughout her week-long journey from Russia to Belarus to Lithuania, Alyokhina wore platform boots with out laces. (In jail, moist towelettes had been used within the place of shoelaces, which weren’t allowed.) The Instances reported she will put on the boots when Pussy Riot begins touring this month.

“I do not suppose Russia has a proper to exist anymore,” she advised the Instances from Lithuania. “Even earlier than, there have been questions on how it’s united, by what values it’s united, and the place it’s going. However now I do not suppose that’s a query anymore.”

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Alyokhina has been arrested a number of occasions over the past decade for her performances with Pussy Riot. The group turned internationally identified in 2012, after they carried out an anti-Putin protest anthem criticizing the Kremlin and Russian Orthodox Church inside a Moscow cathedral. The ladies, dressed in ski masks that obscured their faces, screamed, “Mom Mary, please drive Putin away.”

Alyokhina and two different members had been found guilty of “hooliganism” for the efficiency and sentenced to 2 years in jail. She was released two months shy of the tip of her sentence, however she’s been arrested and jailed six occasions since final summer season for her activism, the New York Instances reported.
One other Pussy Riot member, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who was additionally imprisoned for almost two years, was final yr added to a record of Russian “international brokers,” which requires these listed to stick to “stringent monetary reporting necessities” and add a disclaimer to something they publish that identifies them as international brokers, CNN reported on the time.

Alyokhina advised the Instances she hopes to return to Russia, however for now, she’s in Iceland, the place she’s organizing pro-Ukraine occasions with appearances from Icelandic artists like Björk.

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