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IOC warns Pussy Riot members against protesting at Sochi Winter Games

Published on Feb 19, 2014 6:52 PM
 
Wearing masks members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (left) and Maria Alyokhina (right) speak to journalists while leaving the police station of Adler, near Sochi, on Feb 18, 2014, after her arrest earlier in the host city of the 2014 Winter Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday warned anti-Kremlin punk group Pussy Riot against staging any actions outside the Sochi Games venues, saying this would be "wholly inappropriate". -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - The International Olympic Committee (IOC) on Wednesday warned anti-Kremlin punk group Pussy Riot against staging any actions outside the Sochi Games venues, saying this would be "wholly inappropriate".

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were released from Russian penal colonies under an amnesty late last year, are currently in Sochi but were detained by police for several hours on Tuesday.

They have been in the Olympics host city since the start of the week with the aim of recording another video performance hostile to Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Asked whether Pussy Riot would be able to stage a protest inside the Olympic Park where the main venues are located, IOC spokesman Mark Adams replied: "If they did, it would be wholly inappropriate."

 
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