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Pussy Riot take part in anti-war rally in Moscow

Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attended an anti-war rally in Moscow, ahead of a referendum on Crimea.

The pair were detained on suspicion of theft at Sochi last month but were subsequently released.

Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina (back) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova attend an anti-war rally in Moscow Credit: Reuters

Pussy Riot release video using Sochi attack footage

Pussy Riot have released a new song and music video using footage from their vicious attack by Russian security forces in Sochi yesterday.

Watch: Pussy Riot attacked by Russian security forces in Sochi

The song, in Russian, translates as 'Putin will teach you how to love the motherland' features six members of the group surrounded and attacked underneath a sign promoting the Sochi Olympic Games by security forces believed to be the Cossack militia.

Members Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were freed from their two-year sentence in prison under an amnesty in December.

Read: Freed Pussy Riot member slams amnesty as 'PR stunt'

Since their release they have been calling for an international boycott of the Sochi Games.

More: Pussy Riot members freed under Russian amnesty

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Pussy Riot attacked by Russian security forces in Sochi

Footage has emerged showing members of the protest group Pussy Riot being attacked with whips by security forces in Sochi.

Six members of the group put on brightly-coloured ski masks and began chanting underneath a sign promoting the Winter Olympics before security forces, believed to be Cossack militia moved in.

One Cossack used what appeared to be pepper spray while others attacked the group with whips and violently ripped off their masks.

The incident lasted less than three minutes and no one was arrested once police arrived.

Pussy Riot protesters Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained by police in Sochi yesterday on suspicion of theft.

Pussy Riot members emerge from station in masks

Pussy Riot protesters Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova emerged from a Sochi police station in masks after being released from custody where they were being held on suspicion of theft.

The pair, who were released from prison in December under an amnesty issued by President Putin, had been detained along with 12 to 15 others after an alleged theft at a hotel.

Pussy Riot protesters emerge from a police station in Sochi wearing masks.

A Russian photographer, who was also held along with the Pussy Riot members, said the group had been walking down a street a long way from the Olympic park when they were arrested.

Lawyer Alexander Popkov told reporters gathered outside the station that authorities had refused to explain the detention.

The women were reportedly in Sochi with other members of Pussy Riot to record a musical film called "Putin will teach you to love the motherland".

Freed Pussy Riot member urges Sochi Olympics boycott

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is calling for an international boycott of the Winter Olympics in February. Credit: REUTERS/Ilya Naymushin

A member of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot has called for an international boycott of the Winter Olympics in Sochi next year.

Speaking to reporters in Krasnoyarsk, Siberia, where she was released from prison earlier today, Nadezhda Tolokonnikov said the amnesty law that set her free was merely a "cosmetic measure" ahead of Sochi 2014.

"I'm calling for a boycott, for honesty. I'm calling [on Western governments] not to give in because of oil and gas deliveries from Russia," she said.

Freed Pussy Riot member shouts 'Russia without Putin'

Two members of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot have ridiculed President Vladimir Putin's amnesty that led to their early release from prison claiming it was a propaganda stunt.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, shouted "Russia without Putin" following her release from a Siberian prison, hours after band mate Maria Alyokhina, 25, was freed from jail in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, shouted 'Russia without Putin' upon her release Credit: Reuters

The pair were jailed for two years in prison for protesting against Putin in a Russian church in 2012.

"The border between being free and not free is very thin in Russia, a totalitarian state," Tolokonnikova told reporters outside prison in Krasnoyarsk.

The pair claimed Pussy Riot would unite their efforts and continue to protest against human rights abuses in the country, with Tolokonnikova claiming, "Everything is just starting, so fasten your seat belts".

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Second Pussy Riot member freed from Russian prison

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova has been released from prison. Credit: Reuters

A second Pussy Riot member has been freed from prison under an amnesty.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova joins Maria Alyokhina in being released early from a two-year sentence for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred".

Ms Alyokhina slammed the decision as a "PR stunt".

Arctic 30 journalist speaks of his ordeal in Russian jail

A freelance journalist who spent almost four months in a Russian prison alongside Greenpeace protestors has spoken of his ordeal to Daybreak.

Kieron Bryan was one of six Britons arrested by the Russian coastguard after they boarded their ship the Arctic Sunrise at the end of August.

"We were told on the day we were taken ashore, that we would only be on the shore for four hours and that we would be back on the ship the following day at the latest.

"We all went with one set of clothes. No one had any toiletries to keep their hygiene up. And as soon as we got the detention centre for two months we realised we were totally ill equipped."

Kieron said there was a "slim chance" he would be home on Christmas Eve but "it was more likely" he would return to Britain by the end of the week.

Freed Pussy Riot member slams amnesty as 'PR stunt'

Maria Alyokhina, member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, speaks to the media. at a train station in Nizhny Novgorod. Credit: Reuters

A member of Pussy Riot has critcisised a prison amnesty that led to her early release from prison as a "PR stunt", claiming she would have refused to leave jail if she had the choice.

Maria Alyokhina was freed early from a two-year prison sentence for a church protest against President Valdimir Putin.

"I do not think it is a humanitarian act," Alyokhina said of the amnesty which was initiated by President Vladimir Putin, in comments to Russian internet and TV channel Dozhd.

"I think it is a PR stunt."

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina freed from jail

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina. Credit: Reuters

Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina has been freed early from prison in Russia under an amnesty.

Alyokhina's lawyer confirmed her early release from a two-year sentence for a protest in a church against President Vladimir Putin.

"All the documents have been completed and signed," Piotr Zaikin told the RIA Novosti agency.

The release of fellow band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is also expected later today.

They were jailed in August 2012 for "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" after performing a protest song in Moscow's main cathedral.

Their sentences were due to end in March 2014, but they have known since last week that their release was imminent under an amnesty agreed by the Russian parliament.

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