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non-incarcerated Pussy Riot members flee Russia; Bjork designed a Pussy Riot t-shirt

Pussy Riot protest in Times Square 8/17/2012 (via @gretchenrobinette)
Pussy Riot Times Square protes

Two members of the female punk rock band Pussy Riot have fled Russia, the group said.

“In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! Recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions,” the group said on Twitter.

A Russian court this month sentenced three members of the band to two years in prison after they were found guilty of hooliganism for performing a song critical of President Vladimir Putin in a church.

Five members had taken part in the performance, but authorities had managed to arrest only three. Russian police were searching for the other two participants.

While Pussy Riot tweeted Sunday that two members fled the country “because of the danger,” Pyotr Verzilov, husband of jailed band member Nadezdha Tolokonnikova, would not say Monday whether the two who have fled took part in the February performance in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.

“Two girls have left the country to protect themselves. They are in the safe place. Talking about whether they will stay there forever, it’s hard to say because nothing lasts forever. Probably they will return one day. But you must remember that there are 12 or even 14 members who are still in Russia and participate in the band’s work now,” he said. – [CNN]

In other news, Bjork has designed a Pussy Riot t-shirt that you can purchase through her website and all proceeds go to the band’s legal fund. Design for the shirt is below.

Bjork’s Pussy Riot t-shirt
Bjork's Pussy Riot tshirt

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