Pussy Riot activist defies Russian journey ban (News)

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Maria Alyokhina

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Maria Alyokhina’s present shall be on the Edinburgh Fringe

One of many unique members of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot has mentioned she “escaped” Russia to journey to the Edinburgh Fringe for her present.

Maria Alyokhina claims the Russian authorities banned her from leaving the nation however she defied the ban to make it to Scotland’s capital.

Alyokhina shot to fame in 2012 after showing in a Moscow Cathedral performing an obscenity-laced prayer.

She was sentenced to 2 years in jail however was launched early.

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NATALIA KOLESNIKOVA

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Members of the all-girl punk band ‘Pussy Riot’ Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (C), Maria Alyokhina (R) and Yekaterina Samutsevich (L), sit behind bars throughout a courtroom listening to in Moscow in July 2012

The group’s efficiency within the Cathedral of Christ the Saviour attacked the Orthodox Church’s help for President Vladimir Putin.

Alyokhina was freed in December 2013 underneath an amnesty she dismissed as a propaganda stunt to enhance President Putin’s picture forward of the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics.

Since her launch, the Pussy Riot motion has gained members, a few of whom disrupted soccer’s World Cup last final month.

  • Why Pussy Riot crashed the World Cup last
  • Pussy Riot: The story thus far

Alyokhina says she was barred from leaving the nation after a protest earlier this week in entrance of the headquarters of the Federal Penitentiary Service (FSIN) in Moscow.

The motion was meant to protest towards what activists known as the beating and torture of inmates by jail guards throughout Russia.

Following the ban, Alyokhina says she drove greater than 1,000km (600 miles) by means of Belarus, the place border safety will not be as tight, after which into Lithuania which is within the European Union, the place she boarded a flight for the UK.

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) and Maria Alyokhina converse to the press with fellow Russian punk group Pussy Riot members in February 2014 in Sochi

She was travelling to Edinburgh for her present at Summerhall which tells the story of her 2012 protest and her imprisonment for “hooliganism motivated by spiritual hatred”.

Alyokhina informed BBC Scotland: “You will need to us to inform this story as a result of we consider this story may be an instance so that you can do your personal Pussy Riot.

“It took a while to get right here as a result of two days in the past I knew that I’m not allowed to depart the nation.

“We discovered a method to get right here with some adventures alongside the best way.”

‘It’s a motion now’

She mentioned she didn’t know what sanctions confronted her when she returned to Russia.

“They ban me to depart the nation and I’ve not adopted their determination so after that every one the massive media channels lined that I’ve achieved it,” she mentioned.

“Normally after this huge consideration one thing occurs, I do not know what.

“If you’re an activist or a political artist you possibly can anticipate some issues corresponding to a jail time period or sanctions or different unpredictable stuff.”

She mentioned the purpose of Pussy Riot was to make folks arise at no cost speech and problem unfairness.

“I consider that every one the individuals who had been standing for us, and are nonetheless standing for us, are all Pussy Riot as properly,” she mentioned.

“That is why it’s greater. That’s the reason it’s a motion now.”

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