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Two members of punk band held in Sochi

on February 18, 2014 10:25 AM

SOCHI, Russia (AP) — A member of the punk group Pussy Riot said she and one her bandmates were detained today while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Maria Alekhina were stopped and accused of a crime. She said a third member of the loosely organized group also was detained.

Local activist Seymon Simonov said the two Pussy Riot members were accused of theft and nine people were held in all.

Tolokonnikova said authorities used “force” during the detention near the ferry terminal area where booths celebrating the Olympics have been set up. The area is about 20 miles north of the seaside Olympic venues.

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