Pussy Riot got arrested in Sochi

UPDATE: Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova came out singing after their detention by police

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Two former members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot say they have been arrested in downtown Sochi, along with other human rights activists and protesters. 

According to Nadezhda Tolokonnikova's Twitter, Maria Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot had travelled to Sochi to record a music video called "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland". According to local human rights activist Semyon Simonov, Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were stopped downtown and accused of theft by Russian police before being taken to a police station in a police wagon. On Twitter, Tolokonnikova alleges that the group had not even begun to do anything and were only walking along the road when they were stopped by officers. Eight other people in the group, including other activists and journalists, were also detained.

Tolokonnikova is now livetweeting the entire process, and says she has been forced to testify without a lawyer present. 

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were last in the news for being expelled from Pussy Riot by members of the group, are clearly still operating in the defiant spirit of the protest group (either that, or they've been welcomed back into the fold). According to Tolokonnikova, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland" was going to be dedicated to the continuing plight of Russian political prisoners and a protest against Olympics corruption and the suppression of freedom.

The women also tweeted this image of Maria Alyokhina in the police wagon en route to the station:

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En route to the police station

UPDATE: Hours after being arrested, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot have been released from the station. The Russian police claims that they were not arrested and that the activists were only taken in for an interview, in connection to a theft that occurred at their hotel. According to the husband of one of the members, all charges have been dropped. The women emerged singing from the station in their signature balaclavas, and promised more songs to come before exiting in a taxi. Guess the band's back on. 

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