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Two Formerly Imprisoned Members of Pussy Riot Arrested in Sochi

"They told us we are suspected of theft. Of course there has been no theft."

February 18, 2014  |  12:00pm
Two Formerly Imprisoned Members of Pussy Riot Arrested in Sochi

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, the two previously imprisoned members of Pussy Riot, were arrested again today. As The Guardian reports, the two were headed to record a new protest song in Sochi when they were approached and detained by police on suspicion of stealing a handbag. Overall, nine people were arrested including Tolokonnikova’s husband.

Tolokonnikova phoned in from a police station and told reporters, “We were just walking around Sochi when they grabbed us… They told us we are suspected of theft. Of course there has been no theft.” The two said that they and other Pussy Riot members have been followed since arriving in Sochi. According to Tolokonnikova’s Twitter, they “are in Sochi in order to carry out a Pussy Riot action…The song is called, ‘Putin will Teach You How to Love the Motherland.” Tolokonnikova, Alyokhina and the seven other activists were questioned for several hours and released. Police finally dropped the charges and five women clad in bright balaclavas, the uniform of Pussy Riot, left the station singing their newest Putin anthem.

During a recent appearance on The Colbert Report the women spoke of their release as being a “publicity stunt” surrounding the Olympics.

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