ARCHIVE – The action artist Maria Aljochina from the Russian punk band Pussy Riot speaks at the DasHaus cultural center during an interview. Photo: Uwe Anspach / dpa
The decision of a Moscow court on Friday means for the 33-year-old, among other things, that she is not allowed to leave her apartment at night and not take part in street protests. The activist had previously been under house arrest for months for calling for protests against the detention of the Kremlin opponent Alexei Navalny earlier this year. The demonstrations are said to have violated corona requirements.
For the same reason, Navalny’s press spokeswoman Kira Jarmysch, his confidante Lyubow Sobol and his brother Oleg had already been sentenced to months of freedom restrictions. Aljochina’s lawyer announced that he would appeal against the verdict.
The opposition criticized the court decisions shortly before the parliamentary elections on September 19 as politically motivated. She also points out that the authorities repeatedly allowed mass events at which hygiene regulations would not be observed.
Aljochina became internationally known in 2012 when she and her bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were sentenced to two years in a prison camp. She protested against Russian President Vladimir Putin with a punk prayer in a church.