Masha got out
An intelligent disguise
From Moscow to Belarus
From Belarus to Lithuania
Goodbye to Russia (and to Belarus)
Waiting to be transferred to a
Masha left her smartphone as a decoy
Arrests every 15 days
Why does Putin hate her?
Images that went around the world
More than a punk rock band
Unbreakable
Will Masha return to Russia?
A post on Instagram is enough to get arrested
The fighting continues
Running away was the only possibility
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Masha got out

The leader of the P***y Riot, a punk rock band that has been challenging the conservative Putin regime for many years has successfully escaped from Russia. Maria Alyokhina, better known as Masha has managed to flee the country in a surprising way.

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An intelligent disguise

Masha has recounted her adventure to The New York Times. She said her escape was like something out of a spy movie. In order not to be recognized, she and her girlfriend (both under house arrest) disguised themselves as food couriers so as to leave the building where their home is located and thus circumvent police surveillance.

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From Moscow to Belarus

According to what Masha tells The New York Times, the support of a group of friends was key to her escape from Russia. A friend took her to the border of Belarus. But there she had to wait for days before leaving the country known as a faithful ally of Putin and always ready to arrest any dissident that Russia demands.

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From Belarus to Lithuania

Masha hide in Belarus for a week until she was able to cross the border into Lithuania, safe territory. But she didn't make it the first time.

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Goodbye to Russia (and to Belarus)

The Russian authorities were looking for her and, in fact, in a first attempt to cross the border, the Belarusian guards held her for six hours and did not let her pass. On a second occasion, the official simply told her to go away. And surprisingly, on the third try she was allowed to cross the border. The Kafkaesque absurdity (and, so often, ineffective) of autocratic regimes.

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Waiting to be transferred to a "penal colony"

Masha fled because she was waiting to be sent to a prison. The conditions of her sentence of house arrest were changed to coincide with the war in Ukraine and that did not bode well.

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Masha left her smartphone as a decoy

The rocker left her smartphone turned on at her home as a decoy, convinced that the Russian security services geolocate dissidents like her through their phone signal.

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Arrests every 15 days

The New York Times article specifies that Masha, as a well-known militant, suffers constant persecution in Moscow, and in recent months she has been arrested every 15 days on false charges with the idea of curbing her political activism.

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Why does Putin hate her?

The Putin regime has a special aversion to P***y Riot for their radicalism when it comes to denouncing heteropatriarchy and their relious irreverence. In fact, three members of the gang were tried and sentenced to two years in prison for breaking into the Cathedral of Christ the Savior in Moscow in an act of protest.

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Images that went around the world

The Russian authorities failed to see the impact that the images of three very young rockers would have being tried with security measures typical of those accused of terrorism. Images like this, went viral around the world.

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More than a punk rock band

Currently, P***y Riot is more than just a punk rock band. It is a feminist protest collective that has also achieved international resonance. That puts them on the list of Putin's greatest enemies.

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Unbreakable

One of her lines of combat is in favor of LGTBIQ+ rights, absolutely threatened in Russia. P***y Riot would not give up in that fight and they have known the legal consequences of doing so.

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Will Masha return to Russia?

In The New York Times article, Masha's return to Russia is not ruled out. But she certainly won't be going back any time soon. Today, says the rocker and activist "I no longer believe that Russia has the right to exist." Difficult to return home uttering phrases like that.

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A post on Instagram is enough to get arrested

The climate for those who criticize Putin is suffocating in Russia. Masha, like other activists, has been prosecuted for a simple post on Instagram that the authorities judge "against the interests of Russia" or that they consider to be "propaganda of Nazism".

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The fighting continues

What both Masha and her companions and fellow militants are clear about is that they will continue their fight from exile.

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Running away was the only possibility

For Maria Alyokhina, Masha, only escape remained. And it was enough to dress as a delivery girl and leave her building to outwit the dreaded Russian police. Sometimes boldness works.

 

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