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Pussy Riot member sentenced for ‘fake news’

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Pussy Riot member sentenced for ‘fake news’

Lyusya Stein was sentenced in absentia to six years in prison for discrediting the Russian military

A member of the anarchist punk band Pussy Riot, Ljusja Stein was sentenced in absentia to more than six years in prison for spreading fake news about the Russian military, according to a verdict handed down by Moscow’s Basmanny District Court on Wednesday.

Except that they have to serve “six years and 15 days” In a general population correctional colony, Stein is also to be banned from managing websites or posting anything on the Internet or other “information and telecommunication networks” for a period of 3.5 years, the court decided.

Prosecutors, who sought 8.5 years in prison for the activist, noted that Stein’s term includes time Stein still has to serve on a previous conviction in August 2021. The sentence will take effect once she is extradited to Russia or detained. on Russian territory.

Stein is believed to have left Russia in April 2022 along with another Pussy Riot member, Maria Alyokhina, after they were sentenced to one year in prison for taking part in protests in defiance of coronavirus restrictions.

The latest case against Stein was opened in 2022, accusing her of discrediting the Russian military online. At that time, she was included on the national list of wanted persons. In November 2023, the Basmanny court “arrested her in absentia” for two months and she was placed on the international wanted list.

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In August 2022, Stein was arrested in Switzerland along with several other members of Pussy Riot for attempting to spray graffiti on a wall in the city of Koeniz. They were eventually released and fined $400. The group left with an oath “to spread our message to other countries,” and they said they were willing “face further arrest” If necessary.

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