Russian Court Sentences Pussy Riot Member Liudmila Stein to Six Years in Prison for Spreading False Information

Pussy Riot member in Russia sentenced to six years in prison for spreading “false information” about Ukraine war

In absentia, a Russian court sentenced Pussy Riot member Liudmila (Lucy) Stein to six years in prison for spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces. The Prosecutor’s Office had requested an eight-year sentence and a four-year internet ban. Stein, who is abroad and on Russia’s wanted list, was accused of sharing false information about the Armed Forces on Twitter.

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 a protest in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior in 2012. Stein fled Moscow with her girlfriend and fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, eventually settling in Iceland where she was granted citizenship.

Prior to this conviction, Stein had already 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, Stein cut off her electronic ankle bracelet and left Russia. This latest conviction brings attention to the ongoing crackdown against free speech and opposition by the Russian government.

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