Russian authorities block Pussy Riot member from travelling to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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"The guys from the FSB border service told me that I am barred from leaving the country.”

Russian authorities have reportedly blocked Pussy Riot’s Maria Alyokhina from travelling to Scotland, after she was scheduled to promote her latest book.

Posting on Twitter yesterday from Moscow’s Domodevo Airport, she claimed that “the guys from the FSB border service told me that I am barred from leaving the country.”

Alyokhina, an outspoken critic of Vladimir Putin, was scheduled to read from her book Riot Days from the 10-19 August.

A listing on the Fringe’s official site describes the show as combining “punk, electronica, theatre, documentary footage and protest.”

Pussy Riot's Masha Alyokhina (@all_mary) has been prevented from leaving Russia by the FSB – she was on her way to the Edinburgh Book Festival. Reason unclear.

— Daniel Sandford (@BBCDanielS) August 8, 2018

Alyokhina and bandmate Nadezhda Tolokonnikova made international headlines in 2012 when they were jailed for two years after performing a “punk prayer” against Vladimir Putin at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral.

Earlier this month, she also protested in front of Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service, unfurling a banner that likened it to the Soviet Gulag.

Responding to yesterday’s travel ban, Russia’s Federal Penitentiary Service claimed that Alyokhina had failed to undertake court-ordered community service as punishment for previous protests in Moscow.

The latest clash between Pussy Riot and the Russian authorities follows last month’s protest at the World Cup final.

09/08/2018 14:31:57
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