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Remaining Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia

With three of the members currently behind bars, the remaining two try to evade capture. Remaining Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia

Russian punk band, Pussy Riot, gave an impromptu performance earlier this year which eventually resulted in the arrest of three of the members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alekhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich.  The women were found guilty of committing “hooliganism driven by religious hatred” and have been sentenced to two years in prison.  

The court argued that the group acted in a way that was insulting to believers while inside of a religious building.  They also spoke out against “rotten dictators” and including their own president, Vladimir Putin.

While there are three women behind bars, there are two other members of the group who are actively being sought by police and, in an effort to avoid arrest, they have left the country.  There were five members present during the performance inside of the Russian Orthodox Church but the authorities were only able to identify three of them since they were wearing their trademark balaclavas.

Moscow police have confirmed that they are still searching for the other women but it doesn’t look like that has slowed down their activist efforts.  The group tweeted on Sunday that they are "recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new protest actions."

With musicians showing their support for Pussy Riot around the world, this could become a major movement.

Written on Aug 27 2012 by Jeanne Dupuis (Google+ profile), writer at KOvideo. Tags: pussy riot activists russia putin

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