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Pussy Riot Says Two Members Flee Russia

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Two members of the female punk group Pussy Riot have fled Russia, while 12 women are still in the country, the group said on Sunday in its Twitter account.

Two members of the female punk group Pussy Riot have fled Russia, while 12 women are still in the country, the group said on Sunday in its Twitter account.

“Two our members have left the country because of being sought [by the police]. They are recruiting foreign feminists for new protest actions,” the group said.

In a tweet that followed, Pussy Riot said “at least 12 Pussy Riot members remain in Russia.”

Three members of the all-female punk band Pussy Riot were jailed for two years for hooliganism motivated by religious hatred, at a trial that sparked international condemnation.

Along with other members of their band, Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, and Maria Alyokhina, 24, performed a "punk prayer" near the altar of Christ the Savior Cathedral in February urging the Virgin Mary to "drive out" Russian leader Vladimir Putin.

Lawyers for Pussy Riot said the performance was not anti-religion and was in protest against the Orthodox Church's support for Putin ahead of the March 4 presidential elections that returned him to the Kremlin.

 

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