Leader of Pussy Riot Band Escapes From Russia With Help From Friends

From a New York Times story by Valerie Hopkins and Misha Friedman headlined “Leader of Pussy Riot Band Escapes Russia, With Help From Friends”:

VILNIUS, Lithuania — Maria V. Alyokhina first came to the attention of the Russian authorities — and the world — when her punk band and performance art group Pussy Riot staged a protest against President Vladimir V. Putin in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.

For that act of rebellion in 2012, she was sentenced to two years in prison for “hooliganism.” She remained determined to fight Mr. Putin’s system of repression, even after being jailed six more times since last summer, each stint for 15 days, always on trumped-up charges aimed at stifling her political activism.