Pussy Riot Member Liudmila (Lucy) Stein Sentenced in Absence to Six Years in Prison for ‘False Information’ about Russian Armed Forces

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

In March 2022, Pussy Riot member Liudmila (Lucy) 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 abroad and on Russia’s wanted list, 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, she 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 a 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 where she was granted citizenship.

Prosecutors had requested an eight-and-a-half-year sentence for Stein. Her mother had joked that they would ask for a nine-year sentence.

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