February 18

2 members of punk group Pussy Riot released

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained by police in Sochi, but no charges were filed.

By Nataliya Vasilyeva
The Associated Press

SOCHI, Russia – Two members of the Russian punk group Pussy Riot have been released after being detained by police in Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics.

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In this Feb. 5, 2014, photo, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, left, and Maria Alekhina of Pussy Riot, participate in a press conference for Amnesty International’s “Bringing Human Rights Home” concert at the Barclays Center in New York.

The Associated Press

No charges were filed against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who were held along with several other people near the city’s ferry terminal, a popular area for fans celebrating the Olympics.

Seven other people who were detained with them also were released Tuesday.

Police said they were being questioned in connection with a theft at the hotel where they were staying.

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