Pussy Riot couple escape Russia disguised as couriers


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Partners and Pussy Riot activists Lucy Shtein and Masha Alyokhina have both escaped Russia. Lucy Shtein fled to Lithuania on March 31 and Masha Alyokhina followed about a month later. They evaded Russian police by dressing in large bright green delivery suits.

Pussy Riot first came to world attention in 2012. Masha Alyokhina and four other members of the punk band and performance art group Pussy Riot staged a protest against Vladimir Putin in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Sentenced to two years’ jail over that incident, Masha endured numerous other spells in jail since.

Lucy Shtein, a Moscow municipal deputy, had been under house arrest for over a year when the Russian invasion of Ukraine began while Masha was again facing criminal charges.

The pair made plans to disguise themselves and slip by the police surveillance. Lucy told the Guardian that she ordered the two delivery suits online.

“It was really convenient that delivery couriers have such big bags.”

She said the large courier pack enabled her to take her pet rat with her into exile.

“We have become so used to delivery couriers roaming Moscow, so it was a foolproof way to escape.”

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Lucy Shtein and Masha Alyokhina were reunited in Lithuania. Both said they would have preferred to remain as activists inside Russia, but Putin’s crackdown on activism since the invasion of Ukraine meant they could do more outside.

Other Pussy Riot members also left Russia in the last few weeks and the band have started a European tour. Lucy said the tour will raise money for Ukrainian refugees.

“I will continue my work from outside of the country. I want to be useful in one way or another.”

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