Two activists linked to the band “Pussy Riot” to receive asylum in Sweden

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Lusine Djanyan and Alexey Knedlyakovsky, two activists linked to the Russian protest group Pussy Riot, have received asylum status in Sweden. The activists claim to have been receiving death threats and to have been exposed to “politically motivated” harassment. The asylum claim was filed in 2017 but it was first denied in 2018 by the Swedish immigration authorities. After appealing the 2018 ruling, the activists have now been granted asylum in 2019.

Djanyan told the Swedish broadcaster SVT: 

"I am happy that my children will grow up in safety, especially considering the developments at home".