Pussy Riot Members Arrested Again in Sochi

By Annie Reuter

Less than two months after they were released from jail, former Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were arrested in Sochi, Russia while walking down the street.

The duo had arrived at the Winter Olympics to hold a Pussy Riot concert when they were detained.

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“We were just walking around Sochi when they grabbed us,” Tolokonnikova told The Guardian via telephone from a police station not far from the Olympic Park. “They told us we are suspected of theft. Of course there has been no theft.”

Tolokonnikova explained that she and her fellow bandmates were being followed since they arrived in Sochi on Sunday and spent several hours being questioned by security services on Monday, when they attempted to have a performance.

Local human rights activist Semyon Simonov was also detained and said the group was accosted by police before they were arrested. “They told us that we were suspected of a theft,” Simonov said.

No word yet on what will happen to the human rights activists who were arrested.

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Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released from jail on Dec. 23 under a new amnesty law in Russia after being found guilty of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” in 2012 after performing an anti-Putin “punk prayer” in Moscow’s Christ the Saviour Cathedral, were serving a two-year sentence, which was set to end in February.

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