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Pussy Riot members arrested in central Sochi accused of robbery

Published on Feb 18, 2014 6:12 PM
 
Two members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot who were released from prison colonies late last year said they had both been arrested on Tuesday in downtown Sochi during the Olympic Games. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI, Russia (AFP) - The two members of Russian punk group Pussy Riot who were released from prison colonies late last year said they had both been arrested on Tuesday in downtown Sochi during the Olympic Games.

This is the first time that Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina have been detained by police after their release in December on amnesty from their prison sentences for performing a song opposing President Vladimir Putin in a Moscow church.

“We have been arrested... and are accused of robbery,” Tolokonnikova wrote on her Twitter account.

“When we were arrested, we were not performing any kind of action, we were just walking around Sochi,” she added.

 
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