AceShowbiz - Pussy Riot activist Maria Alyokhina has confirmed reports suggesting she has defied a Russian government travel ban to support her new show at the Edinburgh Fringe festival in Scotland.
The punk star was refused permission to leave Russia earlier this week, beg August 06, as she attempted to board a flight to the U.K.
She was told her travelling rights had been suspended until she had completed community service for her part in a protest outside the headquarters of the Federal Penitentiary Service in Moscow last month.
Undeterred, Alyokhina, who spent almost two years behind bars for staging a protest in a Moscow church in 2012, drove through Belarus and into Lithuania, where she boarded a flight to the U.K.
Supporting her new theatre show, which chronicles her 2012 protest and imprisonment, Alyokhina told BBC Scotland, "It is important to us to tell this story because we believe this story can be an example for you to do your own Pussy Riot."
And, talking about her effort to get to the festival, she shared, "It took some time to get here because two days ago I knew that I am not allowed to leave the country. We found a way to get here with some adventures along the way."
She accepts she'll face some sort of punishment when she returns to Russia, adding, "They (Russian officials) ban me to leave the country and I have not followed their decision, so after that all the big media channels covered that I have done it, usually after this big attention something happens (sic)."
"If you are an activist or a political artist you can expect some problems such as a prison term or sanctions or other unpredictable stuff."