Russia Throws Pussy Riot Back in Jail as Olympics Draw to a Close

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Two recently released members of the Russian punk rock collective Pussy Riot have been detained yet again, this time outside the Olympic village in Sochi on Tuesday.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24,  and Maria Alyokhina, 25, were both imprisoned for two years after being arrested for “hooliganism motivated by religious hatred,” per the BBC. The particular performance they were arrested for was of a song entitled “Punk Prayer — Mother of God Chase Putin Away,” which they sang inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior. The performance was to protest the Russian Orthodox Church’s support of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

After almost completing their two-year sentences, the women were released at the end of December as a part of an amnesty effort from Putin, who they believe was trying to make himself look generous on the eve of the Winter Olympics in Sochi. Earlier this month, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina went on a press tour in the West and spoke about the continued injustices the Russian people experience.

This week, the final week of the 2014 Winter Olympic Games, the women were in Sochi to stage a protest of the event and Putin’s regime when they were arrested on suspicion of being involved in an unknown crime. While Pussy Riot was in Sochi to stage a protest, its members were not protesting at the time of arrest. Tolokonnikova tweeted in Russian about the arrest and posted a picture of herself in a police vehicle.

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