Pussy Riot member condemns Russian military action against Ukraine

Maria Alyokhina compares the situation in Crimea with the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968

Pussy Riot member condemns Russian military action against Ukraine

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Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has condemned Russian military action against the Ukraine.

Alyokhina was released from prison in December 2013 along with fellow punk activist Nadia Tolokonnikova after being incarcerated for their infamous protest gig in a Moscow church. In an article published in The New Republic, she compares the current situation in Ukraine's Crimea region with the Soviet-led invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968 in response to the Prague Spring.

"The habit of standing on the sidelines has become a pillar of life in Russia. Political involvement and a lack of indifference are mocked. Reflection and analysis of current events are simply dismissed as superfluous and unnecessary," she writes. "But this allusion to a Soviet belief in a better tomorrow is no longer a real conviction in contemporary Russian society, where a tired sigh at the end of the day is filled with the weary thought: 'At least there’s no war…For now.'

"This 'today', survived senselessly, blindly, always proves fatal. Those who have accepted the verdict to live their lives in passive oblivion will repeat history and its mistakes. In this way, standing at the brink of war under banners of a struggle for peace, Russia is repeating 1968."

Last month, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina were arrested again as part of a group of over 100 people accused with "disturbing the peace" outside of a Moscow court. They were reportedly voicing their support for the May 6 Prisoners, who are activists imprisoned for a protest against Vladmir Putin in 2012.

The punk activists have been involved in a host of incidents over the past month, including being detained in the Russian city of Sochi, where this year's Winter Olympics were held, and another in which they were attacked with whips by Cossack militia.

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