Wednesday, 24 October 2018 | 04:19 WIB

Punk Group Pussy Riot’s Vocalist Prohibited from Leaving Russia

Maria Alyokhina, member of the punk group Pussy Riot

MOSCOW, NNC - Russian security officers prevented Maria Alyokhina, a member of the punk group 'Pussy Riot', from flying abroad to perform at a famous art festival on Wednesday (8/8/2018).

As quoted by AFP, Alyokhina wrote on Facebook that when she was leaving Moscow to perform a theatrical performance based on her book at the British Edinburgh Festival, border security services told her the airport people that she was banned from leaving the country.

"On passport inspection, a border guard said that the document needed additional checks and then an FSB official told her she was on the no-fly list," Alyokhina told Mediazona, a website which reports on political prisoners.

"She appears to be barred from leaving Russia because she has failed to carry out 140 hours of community service," the Russian news agency reported, citing sources in law enforcement agencies.

In July, a Moscow court fined her 400,000 rubles (US$6,200) for failing to serve a public service due to two protests, against security guards and blocking Telegram messaging services.

The crackdown came after the Pussy Riot member ran into the field at last month's World Cup final which they called a political protest and left four members sentenced to 15 days. Alyokhina did not take part.

The show, Pussy Riot: "Riot Days" was set to be the opening at the Fringe in Edinburgh, Friday, and lasts until August 19.