Maria Alyokhina

Maria Alyokhina is a Russian political activist. She is a member of the anti-Putinist punk rock group Pussy Riot. She was convicted of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” for a performance in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Saviour and sentenced to two years’ imprisonment. Amnesty International named her a prisoner of conscience due to “the severity of the response of the Russian authorities. She was released from prison (December 2013) under an amnesty bill.

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