Pussy Riot member in Russia sentenced to six years in prison for spreading “false information” about Ukraine war
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Pussy Riot’s Liudmila Stein Sentenced to Prison for Anti-Russian Post on Twitter: A Closer Look at Her Case

Russian prosecutors have charged Pussy Riot member Liudmila (Lucy) Stein with spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces on Twitter. Stein, who is currently residing in Iceland and on Russia’s wanted list, has been sentenced to six years in prison in absentia by a Russian court.

Stein had previously been convicted of violating sanitary regulations during a demonstration in support of opposition leader Alexei Navalny, for which she received one year of restriction of freedom. However, after the war started, Stein cut off her electronic ankle bracelet and fled Russia.

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

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