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Pussy Riot Member Liudmila (Lucy) Stein Sentenced to Six Years in Prison for Speaking Out Against Russia’s Armed Forces

BySamantha Nguyen

Mar 27, 2024
Member of Pussy Riot sentenced to six years in prison in Russia for spreading misinformation about the Ukraine conflict.

Pussy Riot member Liudmila (Lucy) Stein was sentenced to six years in prison in absentia for spreading false information about the Russian Armed Forces. The Prosecutor’s Office had requested an eight-year sentence with a four-year internet ban. Stein, who is abroad and wanted by Russia since May 2022, was accused of publicly disseminating deliberately false information about the armed forces, a crime punishable by up to ten years in prison.

Since the start of the war in Ukraine, over 19,855 people have been detained in Russia for expressing anti-war views. Stein had previously been sentenced to one year of restricted freedom for violating sanitary regulations during a demonstration in support of opposition leader Alexi Navalny. She later cut off her electronic ankle bracelet as ordered by the court and left Russia, receiving a fine in absentia for discrediting the Armed Forces.

The ongoing crackdown on dissent in Russia has led to increased repression against activists and opposition figures, with many facing severe punishment for speaking out against the government’s actions. Pussy Riot, known for their opposition activism, gained notoriety in 2012 when they staged a protest against President Putin at his inauguration ceremony. After fleeing house arrest in Moscow with her girlfriend Maria Alyokhina, Stein eventually settled in Iceland, where they were granted citizenship in May 2023.

Stein had faced charges of spreading false information about Russian military operations and their involvement in Ukraine’s conflict. Prosecutors argued that she had deliberately fabricated details from a video posted online that showed Ukrainian soldiers shooting at Russian prisoners of war. Despite protests from rights groups and international leaders calling for clemency, Stein was convicted and sentenced to six years behind bars without having had any chance to appeal or present evidence on her behalf.

The case sparked outrage among human rights advocates who condemned Russia’s crackdown on dissent and censorship of independent media outlets that reported on military operations and political events critical of the government. Many fear that this will only embolden President Putin to continue suppressing free speech and tightening his grip on power even further.

In conclusion, the trial of Liudmila (Lucy) Stein marks yet another example of Russia’s relentless crackdown on dissent and freedom of expression under President Putin’s rule. Her conviction highlights how far Russia has come from its early days as a democratic society towards becoming an authoritarian regime where critics are silenced or punished severely while supporters are hailed as heroes by many around the world.

By Samantha Nguyen

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