Maria Alyokhina, the founding member of the Russian punk band “Pussy Riot,” had reportedly escaped the grip of Russia using a food courier disguise to evade detection from the Moscow Police. Alyokhina has been under heat from the Russian police due to her anti-war stance.

According to her interview with The New York Times,  Alyokhina was about to be arrested and detained for 21 days in a penal colony. The Russian Government continues to repress protesters and critics of the war in Ukraine.

Alyokhina, who is known to be a popular protester and critic of Putin’s government and his policies, first gained international attention when Pussy Riot carried out a demonstration in Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral in 2012. She would be on the Russian government and the FSB‘s lookout list from then on after being sentenced to 2 years in prison for “hooliganism.” Despite this charge, she continued to be a vocal critic of the regime and Putin himself – each time getting arrested for standing up to the government as she was also an activist. She got jailed six times before she had enough and decided to flee the country.

The 33-year-old then hatched a plan to escape from the country without being detected. She and her girlfriend, Ms. Lucy Shtein, obtained food courier uniforms and bags. They used these disguises to escape her house arrest leaving her cell phone behind to avoid being tracked. Moscow Police were hot on her tail as there were reports that the police had been actively tracking her to her friend’s apartment. There, she would stay for an undisclosed amount of time before securing documents to travel to Belarus and then to Lithuania. Her friend from Iceland helped her secure travel documents.