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Pussy Riot Arrested in Sochi Under Pretext of Theft: VIDEO

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Maria Alyokhina, two members of Pussy Riot who were recently in the U.S. (you saw them here for their hilarious appearance on The Colbert Report) were detained by police while walking around Sochi, they said via Twitter, accused of an unspecified crime.

Photos taken by Tolokonnikova (above and below) from the police van were posted to Twitter. "Masha Alekhine, and I another participant Pussy Riot go to the police department," says one.

The NYT reports:

In a series of messages on Twitter, Ms. Tolokonnikova said that the two women had been also been detained on Sunday and Monday. On Monday, she said they were held by the Federal Security Service, known as the F.S.B.

“On the 16th we were detained for seven hours,” she wrote. “On the 17th, we spent 10 hours with the F.S.B. and today we are in a police wagon, accused of theft.”

Ms. Tolokonnikova wrote that they had come to Sochi intended to carry out a protest.

“We are in Sochi to hold a Pussy Riot action,” she wrote. “The song is called, ‘Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland.” However, she said they had not yet carried out any protest and were merely walking in Sochi when they were stopped by the authorities on Tuesday.

Eight people altogether were arrested with the women as they walked to the Sochi seaport, a local activist reported.

Watch a Euronews report on the detention, AFTER THE JUMP...

The arrests come just a day after trans Italian activist and former MP Vladimir Luxuria was harassed and detained for a second time after she appeared at the Olympic village in a rainbow outfit. Luxuria was scheduled to be escorted to the airport and asked to leave today, according to Italian media.

The Sochi authorities seem very eager to suppress anyone they think might engage in political protest within sight of the Olympic village.

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  1. As long as PR are in Russia, they will be hounded and persecuted. Better for them to seek asylum elsewhere.

    Posted by: Jack M | Feb 18, 2014 9:05:16 AM


  2. And the IOC is perfectly happy with this, as long as it preserves the illusion that everything is peachy-keen in Olympicland.

    Posted by: Gregory In Seattle | Feb 18, 2014 9:32:18 AM


  3. I don't understand why they would (1) return to Russia and (2) want to remain in Russia. Martyrdom? Pack it up and go. You can have music careers in any other country of your choosing.

    Posted by: Mike Ryan | Feb 18, 2014 10:03:31 AM


  4. Welcome to Nazi Russia. One of the most grotesque barbarian countries in the world.

    Posted by: Sean | Feb 18, 2014 10:59:53 AM


  5. I don't think they're trying to make it big as pop stars or place their safety ahead of their political actions.

    The Daily Show had a great piece on Russian gays staying or leaving Russia because of the persecution. A gay Russian man told Jason Jones that he'd rather stay in Russia and change the laws from the inside and cure Russians of their ignorance on LGBT issues.

    I think the same is true for PR. They're a punk rock group that wants to change Russian politics and place a spotlight on the injustices and corruption within Russia. Leaving Russia isn't a part of that plan.

    I just say, good luck! They have bigger balls than I.

    Posted by: Leonard | Feb 18, 2014 11:11:06 AM


  6. I shudder to think what's going to happen once the Olympics are finished... Brace yourselves for some heartbreaking stories...

    Posted by: Graphicjack | Feb 18, 2014 11:40:04 AM


  7. They aren't a band. They are activists who use music as a tool for their activism.

    They stay because they're trying to improve their country, their homeland. We don't all pack up and move when elections don't go our way, because we hope it will get better. (Also, because we're not detained and beaten.)

    These are very brave people, and I hope they achieve what they are fighting for.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 19, 2014 3:04:00 PM


  8. They aren't a band. They are activists who use music as a tool for their activism.

    They stay because they're trying to improve their country, their homeland. We don't all pack up and move when elections don't go our way, because we hope it will get better. (Also, because we're not detained and beaten.)

    These are very brave people, and I hope they achieve what they are fighting for.

    Posted by: Mike B. | Feb 19, 2014 3:04:01 PM


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