Pussy Riot members 'seek asylum in Sweden after receiving death threats'

Pussy Riot members 'seek asylum in Sweden after receiving death threats

Some previously campaigned for jailed Pussy Riot members to be released

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Two Pussy Riot members are reportedly seeking asylum in Sweden, citing persecution in Russia.

It is claimed they are currently staying at an asylum seekers home in Lindesberg whilst waiting for the Swedish Migration Agency to make a decision on their application.

Lusine Djanyan and Alexei Knedljakovskji have reportedly been in Sweden for around 10 months with their two-year-old son, according to Euro News.

In 2014 Djanyan and Knedljakovskji were both arrested after attempting to perform with other members of Pussy Riot under a sign about the Sochi Olympics.

Djanyan claimed after this they were hounded by the media and attacked in public. It also meant she lost her job.

The couple said they left the country after someone threatened to make their son an orphan.

Pussy Riot became known across the world in 2012 when five of its members sang a song which mocked Vladimir Putin at a Catholic church in Moscow.

Three of the protest group members were then arrested over the act and two were imprisoned for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred."

It is claimed that artwork created by Djanyan and Knedljakovskji was used in an exhibition at London's Saatchi Gallery last year called Inside Pussy Riot.

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