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article imagePussy Riot freed again

By Tim Sandle     Feb 19, 2014 in World
Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been released by Russian police in Sochi. Two days ago they were arrested, along with a group of activists and journalists.
The two women — Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova — were held on suspicion of theft. The two band members and three other women emerged from the police station in Sochi wearing their trademark ski masks. According to the BBC, the women then ran down the street outside the police station singing "Putin will teach you to love the motherland." This is a new song which, apparently, lampoons the Putin's leadership.
Seven other people who were detained alongside Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova, including journalists, have also been released.
The pair were released from prison in December after they were convicted of hooliganism over a protest song against President Putin in Moscow's largest cathedral. They spent almost two years in jail.
In relation to the latest arrest for theft, the two deny the charges. Ms Tolokonnikova told Sky News: "At the time of our detention, we weren't engaged in any protests, we were walking around Sochi. WE WERE WALKING." They also counter charge that the Russian police used unnecessary force to detain them. According to CNN, Tolokonnikova said "Beat on the floor of the department, in the Olympic capital!" She then added that, later "They dragged me on the floor in the hall of the department, hands tied behind back and thrown to the floor. Putin will teach you to love the motherland!"
According to Billboard, a spokesman for local police was quoted as saying : "The questioning with regards to a robbery at a hotel in Adler has been complete. We have nothing against them."
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