Two Pussy Riot members flee Russia to escape arrest

Last Updated: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 18:43

Moscow: The Russian punk band Pussy Riot says two activists who were being sought by police have left the country.

Five members of the feminist group took part in a provocative performance inside Moscow`s main cathedral in February to protest Vladimir Putin`s rule and his cozy relationship with the Russian Orthodox Church.

The women wore their trademark balaclavas and only three were identified and arrested. After a controversial trial, they were sentenced August 17 to two years in prison.

Days later, Moscow police said they were searching for the others, in what was seen as a warning to the group to stop its anti-Putin protests.

Pussy Riot tweeted today that the two activists had fled Russia and are "recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new protest actions."

PTI



First Published: Sunday, August 26, 2012 - 18:37

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