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Pussy Riot band members detained again Thursday, this time over alleged theft case in Sochi

By Alicia Mayle,

After President Vladimir Putin released two members of the band Pussy Riot from a two year sentence on Dec. 23, the same two women, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, and others were detained at a police station on Tuesday in Sochi. They were later released.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were previously sentenced two years in prison in connection to a protest that took place in a cathedral in Moscow, where they prayed to Virgin Mary to rid Russia of Putin. They said that they would have rather served the last few weeks of their sentence then to be released through an Amnesty Program initiated by Putin to make himself look good before the Sochi Winter Olympics, according to New York Times.

On Tuesday, the girls and several other band members were detain in an alleged theft case that took place in their hotel. The demonstrators were also held on Monday for “10 hours” and on Sunday, they were detained for seven.

According to NBC News, Tolokonnikova told Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty from a phone interview inside the police car that they had been tailed constantly, by foot and car, by Russian authorities. Alyokhina also tweeted that they were “Dragged into the investigator’s office along the stairway. Everyone has bruises.”

Pussy Riot was formed in 2011. It contains 11 members who stage protests in public locations, performing songs and taking video to share online. Popular themes among the group are LGBT rights, Putin and the leadership of the Russian Orthodox Church.

The women will be releasing a new song called “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland."

Below is a demonstration that was held in Moscow's main cathedral, where two members were sentenced to two years in prison.

image courtesy of WikiMedia Commons

 
 

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