Pussy Riot members detained by police in Sochi

Reuters

Pussy Riot protest band members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said they were detained on suspicion of theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Tuesday, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.

President Vladimir Putin has staked his reputation on the Sochi Games, hoping they would show the world Russia’s modern face more than two decades after the collapse of the Soviet Union.

Both women said on Twitter that police used force and threw them into a police van. Tolokonnikova said they had been accused of theft, and Alyokhina later said they were being questioned without their lawyers present.

“At the time of our detention, we weren’t engaged in any protests, we were walking around Sochi. WE WERE WALKING,” Tolokonnikova said on Twitter.

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