May 24, 2024 1:13 am
Member of Pussy Riot sentenced to six years in prison in Russia for spreading misinformation about the Ukraine conflict.

Liudmila (Lucy) Stein, a member of the Russian activist group Pussy Riot, 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 with a four-year internet ban. Stein, who is currently abroad and wanted by Russia since May 2022, was accused of publicly disseminating deliberately false information about the armed forces, which is punishable by up to ten years in prison.

In March 2022, Stein posted a tweet commenting on a video of Ukrainian soldiers shooting at Russian prisoners of war. This led to charges being brought against her and ultimately resulted in her sentencing. Prior to this incident, Stein had already been sentenced to one year of restricted freedom for violating sanitary regulations during a demonstration in support of opposition leader Alexi Navalny. She later cut off her electronic ankle bracelet as ordered by the court and left Russia, receiving a fine in absentia for discrediting the Armed Forces.

The court stated that Stein, who had previously been a Moscow municipal deputy, would serve her sentence once extradited to Russia. Since the start of the war in Ukraine, over 19,855 people have been detained in Russia for expressing anti-war views. Pussy Riot, known for their opposition activism, gained notoriety in 2012 when they protested against former President Vladimir Putin’s human rights record. After fleeing house arrest in Moscow with her girlfriend Maria Alyokhina, Stein eventually settled in Iceland where she was granted citizenship in May 2023.

Prosecutors had asked for an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for Stein

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