Pussy Riot's Maria Alekhina is fined more than six thousand dollars for evading court-ordered community service

Meduza
14:47, 10 july 2018
Update: A district court in Kuntsevo fined Alekhina 400,000 rubles ($6,475) for refusing to perform court-ordered community service handed down in two separate cases.

Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina was detained on Tuesday for evading court-ordered community service. Bailiffs were waiting for her as she left Moscow’s Izmailovsky District Court, where she and the magazine Sobesednik are being sued by her former correctional facility in Nizhny Novgorod for defamation. In August 2017, Sobesednik published comments by Alekhina claiming that the prison’s inmates work 12-hour shifts, manufacturing medical gowns that are sold at huge markups to hospitals.

The bailiffs reportedly escorted Alekhina to a local station to book her for the administrative offense. In April, she and the Russian Orthodox activist Dmitry “Enteo” Tsorionov were sentenced to 100 hours community service for releasing boxes of paper airplanes outside the headquarters of Russia’s Federal Security Service. In December 2017, Alekhina received a separate 40-hour community-service sentence for coming to the FSB’s office on the centennial of the Soviet secret police with a sign that read, “Happy birthday, executioners.”