Russia needs denazification, Pussy Riot leader says after escape

Russia needs denazification, Pussy Riot leader says after escape

BERLIN, May 12 (Reuters) – Russia, not Ukraine, needs denazification, said the leader of anti-Kremlin punk band Pussy Riot, who left Russia this week by disguising herself as a food courier ahead of her group’s concert starts tour against the war.

At a concert rehearsal in the German capital on Thursday, Maria Alyokhina said Russians need to think carefully about the war.

“I have no idea what the end of this reflection will be, but without it the country has no right to exist – like Germany after the Second World War. We should have denazification in Russia, not in Ukraine,” she told Reuters Television.

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There should also be a tribunal against Russian President Vladimir Putin and army generals and leaders, she said.

Russia is calling its actions in Ukraine a “special operation” to disarm the country and protect it from fascists. She denies attacking civilians.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov declined to comment on her comments that denazification was needed in Russia, not Ukraine, and that Putin and his generals should be brought to justice.

To help her escape from house arrest, Alekhina wore a delivery uniform her friend bought online and slipped out a back door of the building she was staying in to avoid Russian police outside, she said.

“I went to another apartment without my phone, which was like a conspiratorial apartment,” she told Reuters Television.

Alekhina said her compatriots wanted change, but many feared being thrown behind bars for speaking out.

“A lot of people are really scared because now you can go to jail for up to 10 years just for posting photos of Bucha, just for making that post,” she said.

Russian officials said the new law to prevent the deliberate dissemination of “fake” news was necessary to protect its military and combat misinformation about its military campaign in Ukraine.

Alyochina said Pussy Riot was rehearsing a new song about the war.

“We wrote it two weeks ago. It is against the war, against the war that Putin started against Ukraine. It’s our statement and it will be performed as part of the concert,” she said.

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Reporting by Daria Shamonova; writing from Madeline Chambers; Editing by Alison Williams

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