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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

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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

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.

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