Two Pussy Riot Members Flee Russia

After Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Mariya Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich were sentenced to two years in prison for their punk prayer performance at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Church, two other members of the Russian feminist punk-rock group have fled the country. “In connection with the search, our two participants have successfully left the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists for new actions!” a statement on the group’s Twitter account asserted, reported by the LA Times. “We hurry to disappoint the Kremlin rats: 2 women left the country because of danger, but in Russia there are at least 12 Pussy Riot members left,” they also posted. The Daily Beast indicates that Pyotr Verzilov — husband of imprisoned member Tolokonnikova — told press, “They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police.”