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Russia: Three Pussy Riot members prosecuted over participating in protests

18 February 2021
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Image: Arrest of Masha Alekhina/ Pussy Riot on Twitter

 

23 January 2021: Pussy Riot members Viktoria Naraxsa, Lucy Shteyn and Masha Alekhina were arrested by Moscow police officers after Russia’s mass protests against the imprisonment of opposition leader Aleksei Navalny, reported Artnet News.

The three members of Pussy Riot were among the 3,000 protesters detained after the protests demanding the release of Aleksei Navalny.

Aleksei Navalny is an imprisoned anti-corruption activist and outspoken critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Alekhina was prosecuted under Article 236.1 of criminal code, which criminalises “violation of sanitary and epidemiological rules”.

If found guilty, she could face up to two years in prison. Also, she has been fined 30,000 rubles (around 337 euros).

https://twitter.com/pussyrrriot/status/1354978494585815041?s=20

Naraxsa and Shteyn were sentenced to ten days in jail for their participation in protests in favour of Navalny, according to Pen America.

Pussy Riot’s latest song RAGE, which calls for the release of Navalny, was released after their arrest.

In the YouTube description, Pussy Riot demanded the release of a Russian opposition leader Alexey Navalny, Pussy Riot members and all political prisoners. 

It is not the first time Pussy Riot or other Russian artist is arrested for their continual activism against the government. On 2 December  2020, Alekhina was arrested for staging a protest public performance, as Freemuse reports.

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