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Two Members of Pussy Riot Flee Russia

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Their trial may have ended with three members of the group sentenced to two years in prison, but Pussy Riot‘s war against the Russian government is far from over — and at least one of its upcoming battles will be staged from another country.

The UK’s Guardian reports that two members of the band have fled Russia in order to avoid prosecution, a story initially broken by a tweet from the Pussy Riot Group Twitter account which reads, “In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions!”

“Since the Moscow police said they are searching for them, they will keep a low profile for now. They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police,” explained Pyotr Verzilov, husband of one of the jailed women.

While conceding that this meant the hidden band members had fled to a country that has no extradition agreement with Russia, Verzilov reminded reporters that “12 or even 14 members who are still in Russia actively participate in the band’s work now; it’s a big collective.”

Meanwhile, attorneys for the jailed band members — Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich — have continued to fight their sentence, with appeals expected to be filed this week.

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