Pussy Riot Wants to Free a Teen Girl Accused of Plotting Against Putin

Anya Pavlikova, an 18-year-old teenager, is the victim of entrapment by Russian police, who infiltrated a chat group created by her best friend on the Telegram messaging service. She now faces formal charges of “extremism” and is looking at 10 years in jail. Pavlikova’s defenders argue that she is falsely accused of plotting to overthrow the Russian government, as she was arrested in March.

“The lyrics and title of the song, ‘Unicorn Freedom,’ are inspired by a photograph of Little My, a fan cradling a stuffed unicorn Pony. The electro-pop track pulsates with a techno beat and shimmering 8-bit-inspired rasps, as Tolokonnikova Nadya Riot’s Pussy protects us.”

In a public letter accompanying the song, Tolokonnikova described the difficult situation of Pavlikova.

During the meeting, participants engaged in conversations about exams, politics, boys, and McDonald’s. Maria Dubovik, a 19-year-old friend of Anya, joined the chat on Telegram. The discussion also touched upon the critical role played by Vladimir Putin.

Kostylenkov Ruslan, an activist, was reportedly arrested and tortured. While arresting her, the policemen said, “You will forget your parents and granny in 2 days. We are going to put you, a 40-year-old ugly junkie, in jail for 20 years.” Anya, the youngest of them at 17 years old, was taken to her room covered with unicorn pictures when the police came. The police later provided information about all the participants in the chat, which caused a brutal arrest of 9 people and was joined by an FSB agent. It is said that the extremist community was created by the activists with the goal of overthrowing Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Kids aged 13-14 years old are being violently arrested during rallies. Both parents and kids are being terrorized by the Kremlin-governed Educational institutions, which have turned against them. On May 5th, 2018, over 1600 people were arrested in a series of rallies around Russia, a few days before Putin’s inauguration. The protests on June 12th, 2018, were a part of a bigger anti-corruption movement. Young people who have become seriously involved in politics in the last couple of years are being targeted by Putin’s government as a strategy to intimidate them. This criminal case is a part of that strategy. Anya, an 18-year-old who was merely chatting with others, is now facing 10 years in jail for not committing any crimes.

The case of criminal Pavlikova serves as a threat to anyone who believes that discussing politics is safe here. However, we use VPN and Telegram anyway, as it makes the government angry. It’s a place where all of us, including young activists, can share information. The government has already banned the Telegram messenger for four months.