27 August 2012, 10:06
Reports of two Pussy Riot members leaving Russia surface on Internet
Moscow, August 27, Interfax - At least 12 members of the Pussy Riot punk band, who are still at large, remain in Russia; two others have left the country, according to unconfirmed reports circulated on the Internet on Tuesday.
The news came from a Twitter microblog kept on behalf of the band members.
The initial report on the microblog said: "Two of our members have successfully left the country because of the hunt for them." A few hours later a new entry appeared on Twitter, saying that, "the two women left the country due to dangers, but at least 12 Pussy Riot members still remain in Russia."
These reports have been neither confirmed, nor denied by other sources. .
Meanwhile, on August 20 a Moscow police spokesperson told Interfax that a separate criminal inquiry has been launched against the remaining Pussy Riot singers who have yet to be identified, and the search for them is under way.
On August 17 Khamovnichesky Court in Moscow sentenced three Pussy Riot members to two years at a medium-security prison. The women's lawyers vowed to appeal the verdict at Moscow City Court. They are also going to complain to Russia's Supreme and Constitutional Courts. The defense will also send a complaint to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).
On February 21, 2012, several members of Pussy Riot, wearing balaclavas, staged a performance at the Christ the Savior Cathedral, prompting a broad public outcry. The police launched an inquiry under the Russian Criminal Code Article 213 part two ("hooliganism").