Russian Prosecutors Sentence Pussy Riot Member Liudmila Stein to Six Years in Prison in Absentia for Spreading False Information

By Eleanor Harrison Mar27,2024
Pussy Riot member in Russia sentenced to six years in prison for spreading “false information” about Ukraine war

Russian prosecutors have sentenced Pussy Riot member Liudmila (Lucy) Stein to six years in prison in absentia for spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces. Stein, who is abroad and on Russia’s wanted list, was accused of sharing false information about the Armed Forces on Twitter.

The criminal case against Stein was based on a tweet she posted in March 2022 commenting on a video showing Ukrainian soldiers shooting at Russian prisoners of war. Previously, Stein had been sentenced to one year of restriction of freedom for violating sanitary regulations during a demonstration in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny. After the war started, she cut off her electronic ankle bracelet and left Russia.

At least 19,855 people have been detained in Russia for expressing anti-war views since President Putin ordered the invasion of Ukraine in February 2022. Pussy Riot gained notoriety for their protest at Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. Stein and her girlfriend Maria Alyokhina fled Moscow and eventually settled in Iceland, where they were granted citizenship.

Prosecutors had requested an eight-year sentence for Stein, who is now living abroad after being granted citizenship by Iceland. Her mother had joked that they would ask for a nine-year sentence.

By Eleanor Harrison

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