Pussy Riot Arrested Again in Moscow Protest
As 7 are imprisoned over 2012 protests
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 24, 2014 10:49 AM CST
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, center, surrounded by journalists, stands in front of police line outside Zamoskvoretsky District Court in Moscow, Russia, Monday, Feb. 24, 2014.   (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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(Newser) – Less than a day after Russia closed out its Sochi Olympics, it's up to its old tricks: Two members of Pussy Riot were detained, this time as they demonstrated outside a Moscow court where seven people who protested against Vladimir Putin in 2012 were sentenced to up to four years in prison. Another protester, the only woman in the group, received a probation sentence. The sentencing followed what the US called a "politically-motivated trial that points to serious concerns about due process and rule of law in Russia," the Voice Project notes.

Some 200 demonstrators outside the court were detained, the AP reports. Among them were Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Pussy Riot; they're no strangers to detention. Meanwhile, a Cossack who whipped members of the band while they tried to perform a song in Sochi has been "held accountable" for his actions, says Russia's deputy prime minister. Details are unclear, the AP notes, but local reports said he'd been fined.
 

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