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Member of Pussy Riot sentenced to six years in prison in Russia for spreading misinformation about the Ukraine conflict.

Liudmila (Lucy) Stein, a Russian activist and former member of the Pussy Riot collective, was sentenced to six years in prison in absentia for spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces. 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.

Stein had previously 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 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 gained notoriety in 2012 for their opposition activism and has since become known for its role in raising awareness about human rights abuses in Russia. After fleeing house arrest in Moscow with her girlfriend Maria Alyokhina, Stein eventually settled in Iceland, where they were granted citizenship in May 2023.

The prosecutors had requested an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for Stein, who jokingly mentioned that they had bet on a nine-year sentence. The ongoing crackdown on dissent in Russia has led to increased repression against activists and opposition figures, with many facing severe punishment for speaking out against the government’s actions.

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