Pussy Riot Members Arrested In Sochi During Winter Olympics

Posted: February 18, 2014 in Metalhammer
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Pussy Riot were jailed for performing in front of a church in 2012

Various outlets are reporting that two members of all-female Russian punk band Pussy Riot have been detained in Sochi, Russia.

The Moscow Times is reporting that Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have been detained in the host city of the ongoing Winter Olympics on suspicion of theft after arriving to perform an anti-Putin song in public.

The BBC states that Maria Alyokhina posted this photo from the back of a police van

It is believed that the detainment took place 20 miles outside of Sochi, with the BBC reporting that the Russian authorities were quoted as using “force” in the arrest.

Both members had been freed from prison in December after serving a considerable sentence for staging a protest gig outside Moscow’s largest cathedral in 2012. The incarceration led to international protest and pressure towards the Russian authorities.

We’ll keep you updated on this story as it develops.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/pussy-riot-members-arrested-in-sochi-during-winter-olympics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pussy-riot-members-arrested-in-sochi-during-winter-olympics
via Merlin

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