Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been harshly criticized by the Pussy Riot.  (Photo: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)

The leader of the Russian punk music band Pussy RiotMaria Aliokina, escaped his country with foreign help and his friends to avoid being a victim of the growing repression imposed by the president, Vladimir Putin.

The activist decided to flee the Russian Federation, at least temporarily, and disguised herself as a food delivery woman to evade the Moscow police that she had been staking out a friend’s apartment where she was staying.

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Already installed somewhere Iceland, Alyokhina told the newspaper The countryfrom Spain, who “Putin I’m not afraid, he’s nobody.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has always been harshly criticized by the Pussy Riot. (Photo: Reuters/Maxim Shemetov)For: REUTERS

Alyokhina began her activism when the Pussy Riot organized their first anti-Putin protest in 2012, on the Moscow Cathedral of Christ the Savior, for which she was sentenced to two years in prison.

After being imprisoned several times for similar protests, Last April, as Putin cracked down more harshly on any criticism of his invasion of Ukraine, the authorities announced that Alyokhina, who was serving house arrest, would go on to fulfill 21 days of conviction in a penal colony.

For this reason, the activist decided to leave her country, and after dressing up as a food delivery woman and leaving her cell phone in the house where she was, a friend took her to the border with Belarus and it took one week to cross to Lithuania.

Maria Alyokhina was sentenced several times for protesting against the government of Vladimir Putin.  (Photo: AFP)
Maria Alyokhina was sentenced several times for protesting against the government of Vladimir Putin. (Photo: AFP)

Maria Alyokhina revealed how she feels after escaping from Russia

Within the Baltic nation Alyokhina took refuge in a studio in the capital Vilnius, from where he also spoke about his harrowing escape from Russia.

“I was glad I did it, because it was a unpredictable and big goodbye kiss for the Russian authorities”, affirmed the artist with a tone ironic in dialogue with the newspaper New York Times.

Meanwhile, the Ministry of Interior Russian included her in his list of people in search and capture after having imposed the last of the sentences and not appearing to enter prison.

After fleeing Russia in disguise, the leader of Pussy Riot affirmed that she is not afraid of Putin: “He is nobody”

The singer from 33 years, He has spent his entire adult life fighting for his country to respect its own Constitution and the human rights more basic, such as freedom of expression.

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After being released from prison before completing her sentence, in December 2013, she and another member of the Pussy Riot founded Mediazona, an independent media outlet focused on crime and punishment in Russia.

In turn, Alyokhina participated in the demonstrations in support of the Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, that took place in early 2021 and were violently repressed by the Russian police.

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