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Pussy Riot Member Liudmila Stein Sentenced to Prison for ‘False Information’ in Russia

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

Pussy Riot Member Liudmila Stein Sentenced to Prison for ‘False Information’ in Russia

Pussy Riot member Liudmila Stein was sentenced to six years in prison in absentia by a Russian court 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 currently residing in Iceland after being granted citizenship, 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. She had previously 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.

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. Stein fled Moscow with her girlfriend and fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina, eventually settling in Iceland.

Prosecutors had initially requested an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for Stein, but it was later reduced to six years due to her cooperation with investigators and her commitment to peace efforts abroad. Despite this, Stein’s mother joked that they would ask for a nine-year sentence as she continues to fight against oppression and censorship around the world.

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