2 at Large Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia

World | August 27, 2012, Monday // 10:30|  views

The sentenced members of the Russian female punk band have their share of supporters in Bulgaria. Photo by BGNES

The two unidentified members of the female Russian punk band Pussy Riot, who were wanted by the police, have left the country.

The information was posted on Twitter Monday by the group itself, saying the girls fled Russia and are gathering foreign feminists in preparation for new protest demonstrations.

In late February, three Pussy Riot members were detained after five masked women performed a song in Moscow's landmark Christ the Savior Cathedral, speaking out against what they said was church support for Vladimir Putin's presidential election campaign.

On August 17, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 22, Maria Alyokhina, 24, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, 30, were found guilty of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" and were sentenced to two years prison. The other two remained unidentified and at large.

The trial of Pussy Riot members has raised international concern with many famous western rockers voicing support for the girls and asking for their release. Amnesty International has recognized the three group members held in custody as prisoners of conscience.

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Tags: Vladimir Putin, Russia, Moscow, Russian President, Patriarch Kirill, Dmitry Medvedev, Pussy Riot, Russian Orthodox Church, Christ the Saviour Cathedral


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