While three members of feminist punk band Pussy Riot
have been sentenced to two years behind bars for their peaceful protest against Russian president Vladimir Putin, the additional two members rounding out the February 21 demonstration have fled the country. The news came as a tweet
from the band, which Reuters
has translated as saying: "In regard to the pursuit, two of our members have successfully fled the country! They are recruiting foreign feminists to prepare new actions!"
Meanwhile, convicted members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich await defense lawyers to most likely appeal their sentences next week. As Tolokonnikova's husband, Pyotr Verzilov, says of the two women who have fled, "Since the Moscow police said they are searching for them, they will keep a low profile for now. They are in a safe place beyond the reach of the Russian police."
Musicians and fans alike continue to rally together in support of the "Free Pussy Riot" movement
, and you can head here
to find out how you can donate to their cause.