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A member of Pussy Riot leaves Russia, disguised as a delivery girl | War in Ukraine

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The activist thus joins thousands of Russians who have left the country since the start of the Russian offensive in Ukraine on February 24.

Last September, Maria Aliokhina was sentenced to one year in restrictions his freedom (judicial control, night curfew, ban on leaving Moscow) for having called for a demonstration against the arrest of the main Russian opponent Alexeï Navalny.

At the end of April, the Russian justice toughened these measures by replacing them with a prison sentence, during a hearing at which Ms. Aliokhina did not appear.

In an interview at New York TimesMaria Aliokhina, 33, said on Wednesday that she had managed to leave Moscow, disguised as a meal delivery girl, and leaving her mobile phone to prevent the police from tracing her.

She then crossed the border into neighboring Belarus and a week later was able to cross into Lithuania, after several attempts, according to the interview.

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I was glad I got there, because it’s a big and unpredictable “goodbye kiss” for the Russian authorities.she quipped to the New York Times.

Maria Aliokhina sings, in front of an image of the Kremlin.

Maria Aliokhina, during a performance at an art gallery in London, November 15, 2017.

Photo: Getty Images/Tim P. Whitby

His companion Lioussia Chteïn, also a member of Pussy Riot, posted on Twitter a photo of Maria Aliokhina in the green uniform of the delivery men of the company Delivery Club, a bag for the delivery of meals on her back.

Mrs Aliokhina did not flee Russia, she went on tour which will begin with a concert on May 12 in Berlin, to raise money for Ukraine, noted Ms. Chteïn on Twitter.

Also sentenced to restrictions on freedom in connection with the protest demonstrations against the arrest of Alexeï Navalny, Lioussia Chteïn left Russia in April.

A long-time member of the group Pussy Riot, Maria Aliokhina has already served a two-year prison sentence for playing a punk prayer in the main Russian church – Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow – in 2012.

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