Pussy Riot arrested in Sochi after gay rights protest

Two women who were freed in December after a two year prison sentence claim they have been arrested and detained

Pussy Riot arrested in Sochi after gay rights protest
18 February 2014

Two members of the protest group Pussy say they have been arrested in Sochi after a gay rights protest.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were freed after two years in jail in December, have claimed they had been detained on accusation of committing a crime.

‘We have been arrested … and are accused of robbery,’ Tolokonnikova wrote on her Twitter account.

Both women said police used force and threw them in a police van.

‘At the time of our detention, we weren’t engaged in any protests, we were walking around Sochi. WE WERE WALKING,’ Tolokonnikova added.

It is believed they were arrested in central Sochi, the city hosting the Winter Olympic Games.

The two women were in the city to attack the Russian president and to raise awareness of the federal anti-gay law, recording a musical film called ‘Putin Will Teach You To Love The Motherland’.

Early in 2012, they staged a punk performance in Moscow’s main cathedral.

During the song, they included a reference to the country’s persecuted LGBT community with the line ‘Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains’.

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