Wednesday, November 30

Arrested in Moscow María Aliójina, one of the members of the Pussy Riot


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Moscow Police has detained this ThursdayMaria Aliójina, a member of Pussy Riot, a punk group known for its activism against Russian President Vladimir Putin, according to his lawyer, Daniil Birman.

“Maria has been arrested and taken to the Tverskoi district police station,” Birman told the Sputnik news agency. For the moment the Russian authorities have not commented on the matter.

In September, Aliójina was sentenced to one year of restricted freedom for bypassing measures against the coronavirus pandemic by organizing a protest earlier this year in favor of the jailed opponent Alexéi Navalni that had not been authorized.

That sentence, handed down by a Moscow court, of the so-called ‘Sanitary Case’, indicated that Aliójina, as well as another series of defendants, promoted an unauthorized mass rally during which there were “mass contagions” of coronavirus.

For the moment the causes of the arrest are unknownBut that ruling prohibits Aliójina from leaving her home between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. the next day, as well as traveling outside of Moscow, or participating in large events. In turn, you must communicate the status of your situation twice a month.

Aliójina was already sentenced in 2012 to two years in prison for vandalism after starring, along with other members of Pussy Riot, in the known as ‘punk prayer’ in the orthodox cathedral of Christ the Savior of Moscow, a protest show in which they bellowed ‘Mother of God, cast out Putin’.

Half a year later, Aliójina and her partner Nadezhda Tolokónnikova were amnestied by the Russian Government three months before the entire sentence was served.

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