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The Detained Members Of Pussy Riot Have Now Been Released

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were both held by police in Sochi, only to be released hours later.

1. Updated – 9:40 a.m., ET

2. Two members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were detained by police near the Olympic events in downtown Sochi on Tuesday.

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters

However, hours after being arrested, both Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were released without charge.

3. Alekhina and Tolokonnikova were detained with several other people who had been held in connection with a theft that had occurred at the hotel they’d been staying in.

Shamil Zhumatov / Reuters
Eric Gaillard / Reuters

5. Here are the women getting into a cab after their release.

6. Maria Alekhina tweeted the following photo from inside the police vehicle after being detained.

Затолкали силой в автозак

— MashaAlekhina (@Мария Алехина)

7. Photos of both women inside the vehicles have been posted.

Detenidas Mar໚ y Nadia, las dos Pussy Riot, en la ciudad rusa de Sochi. He aquí el 'selfie' en el furgón policial:

— RomanSilvia (@silvia roman)

Pussy Riot im Polizeitransporter, unterwegs zur Wache. Festnahme in Sotschi, warum auch immer. Wir drehen. @tolokno

— InaRuck (@Ina Ruck)

9. This was the scene outside the police station where they’re being held. A journalist for NBC has reported some of the activists detained with Alekhina and Tolokonnikova have been released.

Media outside police station .. Appears some of those detained with pussy riot members being released

— RichardEngel (@Richard Engel)

10. A journalist who was detained with the activists was also later released.

One of the journalists arrested w pussy riot just outside police station #cbc

— NahlahAyed (@Nahlah Ayed)

The bandmates previously spent nearly two years in prison for hooliganism, and were both released in December.

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