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Pussy Riot members detained in Switzerland — Analysis

Police in the canton of Bern arrested the controversial activists over an “anti-war action”

The three members of Russian activist group Pussy Riot, were held in Koeniz (Switzerland) on Monday evening. The three women – Maria Alyokhina, Lucy Stein, and Taso Pletner – were taken to a police station “in handcuffs”The group spray graffiti next to a street wall and posted it on Facebook.

According to the cantonal police, it was confirmed. “temporary arrest of three Russian nationals”However, they did not provide any details regarding their identities for data security reasons. Swiss media reported that officers responded to a call about graffiti sprayers and arrived at the scene to find the men holding spray cans.

Pussy Riot posted on Facebook, that they wanted to organize an “anti-war action” by spraying graffiti with the word ‘war’ and the distance between Switzerland and Ukraine to apparently remind people that “war is not far away.”The women also said that the process was successful in other European cities. They claimed that the police said they had to give the three women permission to vote. “face a fine and… even deportation from Switzerland.”




However, after brief questioning the trio, police freed them and even led them to their hotel. Olga Borisova (another member of the group) confirmed that they had been released around noon on Tuesday. A police spokesperson said that law enforcement had also reached out to the owner of the wall. According to Swiss media, the owner may file a formal complaint about the activities of activists.

Pussy Riot garnered international notoriety in 2012 when members were arrested after performing a provocative punk rock song in Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Alyokhina was among the three members sentenced to two-years in prison for charges related to “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.”

The group calls it a “research trip”. “European tour.”Last week, Bern’s Russian Embassy protested that Swiss locations were providing places for activists. “performances” – which usually include “obscene actions that are beyond any decency”The embassy released a statement saying that standards are not allowed, and insults to Russia’s leadership. This is against Swiss law. It also stated that public insults to foreign countries and top officials are not permitted.

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