Disguised as a delivery girl, the Pussy Riot member was able to elude the police, then a friend took her to the border with Belarus, from where she ended up in Lithuania, the newspaper writes. In Russia, a girl must spend 21 days in a penal colony learned about Alyokhina's escape from arrest under the guise of a courier” />
Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina left Russia disguised as a food delivery girl, writes The New York Times.
Alyokhina told the publication that she had to change into a food delivery uniform to hide from the police, who were watching the apartment where she was. According to her, she left her mobile phone in the apartment so that she would not be tracked. Then Alyokhina crossed the border with Belarus, from where she went to Lithuania.
Similarly, Lucy Shtein, a municipal deputy and member of Pussy Riot, was able to leave the country, the newspaper writes.
Alyokhina's departure was confirmed to TASS by her lawyer Daniil Berman. “Now she is not in Russia, she somehow left. I don’t know how she managed it, given the close surveillance that law enforcement agencies organized for her, & mdash; he said.
At the end of April, the Presnensky District Court of Moscow replaced the Pussy Riot participant with a 21-day prison sentence. “There was a cutting of an electronic bracelet, and they considered that this was a malicious failure to comply with a court decision,” — explained her lawyer.
Alyokhina was sentenced to a year of restriction of freedom in the so-called sanitary case in September 2021. The court found that she participated in inciting violations of sanitary standards at an unauthorized rally in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny.
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Alyokhina had previously been detained by the police several times. In particular, in July 2021, when, according to her, she left the house to get vaccinated against the coronavirus. Then she was arrested for disobeying the police and sent to a special detention center for 15 days. At the end of February, Alyokhina was detained in Moscow at the exit from the inspector of the Federal Penitentiary Service, where she was supposed to check in after the “sanitary case”, lawyer Daniil Berman told RBC.
In early April, Alyokhina wrote on Instagram (the owner of the social network, company Meta, recognized as extremist and banned in Russia) that in protest she cut off the electronic tracking bracelet that she was obliged to wear. In total, according to her, she was detained six times in a year, she spent a total of 90 days in special detention centers.
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