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A member of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot has fled Russia after her Moscow court turned her remainder of her one-year suspended sentence into a real prison in April, violating her sentence. Marija Aľochinová violated anti-pandemic measures.

The court’s decision meant that Alochinova would have to serve the remaining 21 days of his sentence in a penal colony.

Aľochinová said in an interview with the American newspaper The New York Times that she escaped by disguising herself as a courier delivering food and dropping her mobile phone so that the police could not track her down.

After two unsuccessful attempts to cross into neighboring Lithuania, which is a member of the EU, it managed to get to Belarus. It thus became one of thousands of Russian citizens who fled Russia after Moscow launched a military invasion of Ukraine on February 24.

Alochinova and other Pussy Riot members have been sentenced several times in recent months to 15 days in prison for participating in protests and unauthorized rallies.

Pussy Riot came to light ten years ago after three of its members were convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for invading Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior and “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin, who was prime minister and campaigner at the time. for his return to the Kremlin.

Alochinova and her colleague Nadezhda Tolokonnikova almost completed a two-year prison sentence when they were released on amnesty in December 2013.

Both rejected the move as a propaganda move by Putin, who wanted to improve his image before the 2014 Winter Olympics, which took place in the Russian resort of Sochi. (TASR)