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Nine new arrests near Sochi Olympics in Russia include Pussy Riot activists. Amnesty Internationals Reaction.

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Pussy Riot Amnesty International NEWS RELEASE

For Immediate Release Tuesday 18 February 2014

Russia: Nine new arrests near Sochi Olympics include Pussy Riot activists

The Russian authorities must immediately release nine people – including activists and journalists – who have been arrested in central Sochi, Amnesty International said.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, former prisoners of conscience jailed for their peaceful activism as part of the punk collective Pussy Riot, complain of having been arrested in Sochi for the third time in as many days. Today the authorities claimed this was related to a theft at a hotel where they stayed. The activists believe it is in connection with a music video they were planning to make.

Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland said, “In Putin’s Russia, the authorities have consistently ignored and undermined the principles of the Olympic movement. Their actions mean that the legacy of these winter games will…

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