Lawyer describes Alyokhina’s plan: Pussy Riot activist flees Russia

The lawyer describes Alyokhina’s plan
Pussy Riot activist flees Russia

After a protest against President Putin, Maria Alyokhina was sentenced to two years in a prison camp in 2012. Long after that, she continued to be under police surveillance. Despite this, she manages to escape from Russia, tells her lawyer – and even explains how she did it.

According to her lawyer, the activist of the punk group Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina, left Russia by an unknown route despite police surveillance. Aliokhina is no longer on Russian territory, his lawyer Daniil Berman said, according to the Interfax agency. According to unconfirmed reports, she left her place of residence in a courier service uniform.

The New York Times reported that Alyokhina is now in Vilnius. An acquaintance brought her to the border with Belarus in a car, then reached Lithuania after about a week. No other details of the course of the escape were given.

“I’m glad I made it,” she said. Among other things, according to the American newspaper, she left her mobile phone to avoid being tracked and at the same time to present the Russian authorities with an unchanged location. “I still don’t quite understand how I did it,” she continues. According to the report, she resides in a small apartment in Vilnius.

Alyokhina has repeatedly come into conflict with Russian justice. As part of calls to demonstrate for jailed Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny, she was sentenced to a year in prison in September last year. She was not allowed to leave her apartment at night. Since the beginning of the year, she has been arrested several times by security authorities on various allegations. The objective behind this can be assumed that their political activism should be prevented or at least weakened. In 2021, Alyokhina and her teammate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in a prison camp. She had protested against President Vladimir Putin in a church.

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