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Two members of Pussy Riot flee Russia

Members of the Russian punk protest band have fled while others remain at large


 

There were never just three.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich may have been sentenced to two years in prison for holding an anti-Kremlin protest, but two of the remaining members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot have fled Russia, the National Post reports.

Police said earlier this week they were searching for other members of the band. Yesterday, on a Twitter account named “Pussy Riot group” there was this message: “In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions!”

Tolokonnikova’s husband, Pyotr Verzilov, told reporters on Sunday that the two members of the group who have fled Russia had taken part in the cathedral protest along with his wife.

“Since the Moscow police said they are searching for them, they will keep a low profile for now. They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police,” he told Reuters. When asked if that meant a country with no extradition agreement with Russia, he said: “Yes, that suggests that.”

Verzilov said that there are 12 or even 14 members of Pussy Riot still at large in Russia, actively participating in the band’s work.


 
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Two members of Pussy Riot flee Russia

  1. Pussy Riot protested injustice and inequality with an artistic expression. They screamed and we listened. But in a country with deeply rooted political/religious entanglement using fear to control, they should have made their protest more elegantly. Claims that they offended believers has blurred Pussy Riot’s original message and have given the governing powers an excuse to cage them. Is their sentence really remarkable, or should they have seen it coming? As Russia faces global scrutiny, what is the rest of the world doing to uphold democracy? http://mayorgate.blogspot.com/2012/08/pussy-riot-censored-by-disappropriate.html