Pussy Riot members arrested in Sochi, released

02/18/2014 // West Palm Beach, Florida, US // JusticeNewsFlash // Justice News Flash // (press release)

Sochi – Members of the Russian feminist punk rock protest group Pussy Riot were released hours after being arrested in Sochi on Tuesday. As reported by AFP, group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were sentenced to two years in prison for charges of “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred” in 2012, were among those arrested and questioned in a theft case. Toloknnikova and Alyokhina were released under amnesty last year.

Tolokonnikova is quoted by AFP as stating to the news source while still in detention, “They are trying to detain us so that we don’t walk around Sochi. We want to say the truth about what is happening in Sochi.”

She further stated that the police used force against them and they intended to make a complaint. Tolokonnikova is further quoted as stating, “They used rough physical force against us. They beat us. The fact that they used force is awful… We have bruises and scratches.”

The group had reportedly gone to Sochi to record a new performance of a song called “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland.”

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