The official Twitter account for the Russian protest group Pussy Riot sent out a message early Tuesday morning saying two of their members, Olya Borisova and Sasha Sofeev, had disappeared in Crimea the previous day. Luckily the women were located hours later. They had been detained by Russia’s FSB (Federal Security Service) in Crimea. The police broke their phones and computers, making it difficult for anyone to get in touch with the women.
The group came to fame in 2012 after members staged a performance protest inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. Three of the women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina, and Yekaterina Samutsevich, were arrested and convicted, each serving two years if prison. The group has become known worldwide for taking on Putin on issues of feminism and LGBTQ rights.
Two Pussy Riot members are missing. Olya Borisova & Sasha Sofeev disappeared in Crimea yesterday.— Pussy Riot (@pussyrrriot) February 27, 2018
FSB detained them several times. Yesterday cops broke their phones and computers. We can not reach out to them.
We don't know what has happened to them. pic.twitter.com/6pRtgCIbi3
With the band members' extensive history of being jailed, detained, and beaten by police, it was good news to hear they are safe.
we found Sasha and Olya. they were detained several times but safe now.— Pussy Riot (@pussyrrriot) February 27, 2018
thank you for your help!!
Fans and supporters were happy to hear the women were safe:
We’re so glad everyone is okay. Your work must be very valuable if the KGB/FSB is trying to bother you.— Stop ✋️Trump (@trypeacenow66) February 27, 2018
God bless you.
Best news ever! Hugs and love to all of you! The struggle continues!— Betsy Shiller (@BetsyShiller) February 27, 2018
Thank goodness I was so worried about you guys!! keep fighting the good fight the sane ones of America support you— Liberal Momma (@liberalmommaof4) February 27, 2018
H/T: Star Tribune