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Pussy Riot Members Released After Being Questioned

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Two members of Pussy Riot, a Russian punk band, were briefly detained today in Sochi. The group members were being questioned after a theft occurred at the hotel they were staying at.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were having a meeting with journalists at the time the police took them into custody, according to Petr Verzilov, Tolokonnikova’s husband.

“They were put to the floor and beaten and physical force was used to them when they refused to be questioned without the presence of their lawyer, who was on his way to the police department,” Verzilov revealed.

The police proceeded to question the girls, and other guests at the hotel, at the Adler police station near the Winter Olympics. “A survey in connection with the theft at the Hotel Adler is completed, there is no claim against those questioned,” the police said in a statement.

Tolokonnikova took to her personal Twitter page to voice her outrage. “Unbelievable lawlessness, even we are amazed,” tweeted Tolokonnikova. “Beat on the floor of the department, in the Olympic capital!” She then added, “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!” Tolokonnikova also revealed, via Twitter, that she was forced to testify without a lawyer present.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were previously imprisoned for nearly two years after they were convicted of “hooliganism” when they performed a song slamming Vladimir Putin in a Moscow cathedral. They were released shortly before the start of the Winter Olympics.

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Pussy Riot Members Released After Being Questioned
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