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Two Members Of Pussy Riot Successfully Escape Russia

Written by Mike Hohnen on August 27, 2012

In a case that’s starting to resemble something you’d expect to come out of Russia in the 1940s, it’s been reported that two members of the Pussy Riot collective have successfully fled the country, escaping persecution, but only for the meanwhile it seems.

The band, which has around 12-16 active members, sent out a tweet over the weekend confirming that the members had indeed escaped, but there were, however, 12 members still behind the Russian borders, facing serious repercussions for their affiliations. As you already know, three members have been locked up for their ‘hooliganism’.

The husband of one of the three (Nadezhda Tolokonnikova) who have been arrested and are facing two years for the crime, Pyotr Verzilov, spoke to Reuters about the current state of the situation of the two who got out of the country: “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.” Though Verzilov did comment that there are still many members still at risk, and they’re not entirely sure who the police are chasing.

You can check out this montage of everything that’s happened so far, done by The Guardian in support of Pussy Riot and soundtracked by the group’s tune Putin Lights Up The Fires. The whole world has started to turn its attention to the blatant disregard for free speech and human rights in what would have been much more at home in the Stalinist Russia back in the day.

Translation: “In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions!”




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