A Pussy Riot figure escapes from Russia disguised as a food delivery girl: "A big and unpredictable snub to the Russian authorities"

Maria Aliokhina, a longtime member of Pussy Riot, the Russian feminist rock group protesting against power, fled her country last April, disguising herself as a door-to-door delivery girl. The latter told her journey to the New York Times, worthy of “a spy novel”.

The 33-year-old activist was sentenced last September to 1 year of “restrictions”: house arrest, night curfew and ban on leaving Moscow, for calling for a demonstration against the arrest of the main Russian opponent Alexei Navalny . In April, the Russian authorities toughened her sentence, transforming it into 21 days of stay in a penal colony, during a hearing at which Maria Alyokhina did not appear.

This is not the first time that the artist has been convicted. The first time was in 2012. She went to prison for playing a “punk prayer” in the main church of Moscow. She subsequently made six short stays in prison.

This time seems to be the time too many, since Maria Aliokhina has decided to leave Russia, disguised as a delivery girl, in order to escape the Moscow police, who were watching her place of residence. She also left her mobile phone in the apartment of the friend who was hosting her to prevent being traced by law enforcement.

In a photo published by her companion Lioussia Chte├»n, also a member of Pussy Riot, and widely relayed on social networks, we can see Maria Aliokhina dressed in the green uniform of the delivery men of the company Delivery Club, and carrying the delivery bag of the meal on the back. Mrs Aliokhina “didn’t flee Russia, she went on tour” which will begin with a concert on May 12 in Berlin, to raise money for Ukraine, noted Lioussia Shtein on twitter.

She then crossed the border to Belarus, led by a friend. From there, it took a week to reach Lithuania, after several attempts, she explains to the American media from Vilnius. Maria Alyokhina managed to leave Belarus, an ally of Moscow, only after the third attempt. During a first attempt she was held by Belarusian border guards for six hours. She was fired by an officer on the second escape attempt. The third time was the good one, thanks to documents sent by his friends. “By the time she arrived at the Belarusian border with Lithuania, she had a Lithuanian visa which she tried to use with her Russian national identity card, because Russia had confiscated her passport. At that time , she had been placed on Russia’s ‘wanted’ list”, relates the New York Times, quoted by FranceInfo.

“I’m glad I did it, because it’s a big and unpredictable ‘snub’ to the Russian authorities,” she said..

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