John M. Becker

Pussy Riot Members Arrested in Sochi

Filed By John M. Becker | February 18, 2014 9:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Living
Tags: Olympics, Pussy Riot, Russia, Sochi, Sochi 2014, Vladimir Putin

pussy-riot-sochi.jpgTwo members of Pussy Riot, the feminist, anti-Putin Russian punk rock band, were arrested today in Sochi. The women, Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina, said they were simply walking down the street when police swooped in and took them into custody:

"We were just walking around Sochi when they grabbed us," said Tolokonnikova by telephone from a police station not far from the Olympic Park. "They told us we are suspected of theft. Of course there has been no theft."

Tolokonnikova said she and other members of Pussy Riot had been constantly followed since arriving in Sochi on Sunday evening. She said they spent several hours being questioned by security services on Monday, as the group attempted to plan a performance in the city.

As of early afternoon, she had not yet been questioned, and said "nobody is telling us anything" about what will happen next.

The New York Times reports that the women had come to Sochi to sing an anti-Putin song, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland." However, they had not yet carried out their protest when they were arrested. They were released without charge after several hours of questioning.

Earlier this month, Tolokonnikova and Masha Alyokhina visited the U.S. and made a memorable appearance on the Colbert Report.

Image via Twitter.

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