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February, 18

Pussy Riot are released in Sochi

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.

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.

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

Nadezhda and Maria had previously been released from prison in December 2013, after being locked up for nearly two years. They were convicted of hooliganism after staging a protest in Moscow's most prominent cathedral in opposition to President Vladimir Putin's government.

The two women recently visited the US to take part in an Amnesty International concert.

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