Pussy Riot to Sue Russian Government

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two freed members of Pussy Riot, are suing the Russian government over their arrest in 2012 for their “punk prayer.” The Guardian states that the two women are looking for €120,000 ($161272) each in compensation as well as €10,000 in court fees. Both served 21 months in imprisonment, released in December of last year. 

Agora, the human rights legal group representing the two, stated, “They didn’t get fair trial here in Russia so they want to get it finally in the European court of human rights. Plus they want this case to set a precedent that Russians can speak publicly on sensitive political issues, even if this speech is not supported by majority. This is a case about freedom of expression and fair trial first of all.”

Pussy Riot continue their political activism since their release. Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova have since set up an English-speaking Twitter account, initially commenting at Russian censorship.  

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