Members Of Russian Band Pussy Riot Reportedly Detained

Evrard Martin
Août 7, 2017

Two members of the Russian feminist punk band Pussy Riot were reportedly detained near the prison where a Ukrainian filmmaker is being held.

Alyokhina tweeted that they were taken to a police station after protesting in support of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year term for "terrorist" offences in Yakutsk, nearly 5,000 kilometres east of Moscow.

Maria Alekhina and Olga Borisova were stopped in a auto in Yakutia, Siberia, today.

Members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Marina Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich were arrested in 2012 after performing a song called Punk Prayer, which attacked the Orthodox Church's support for Putin and the Kremlin. Two people are seen in a brief video clip wearing the band's familiar balaclavas along with a banner on reading "Free Sentsov!"

Sentsov was convicted for masterminding arson attacks on pro-Kremlin party offices in Crimea after Russian Federation annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014. He was sentenced to 20 years in jail by a Russian court. "For those three years a war has been conducted against my country", Sentsov wrote in a letter that was allegedly smuggled out of the Yakutsk penal colony. "The enemy is fighting like a coward, vilely, pretending he's got nothing to do with this".

Pussy Riot describe him as a political prisoner. Tolokonnikova also recently announced an immersive theater project titled "Inside Pussy Riot, " which will open in London this fall.

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