Pussy Riot Members Allege Violence During Detainment


(Sochi, Russia) -- Protest members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot say they were manhandled by police during their brief detainment in Sochi, Russia Tuesday. Taking to Twitter after her arrest, Maria Alyokhina says she was dragged across the floor of the police station by her face and questioned without lawyers present. Nadya Tolokonnikova tweeted "Unbelievable lawlessness, even we were amazed. Beat on the floor of the department, in the Olympic capital." The pair was recently released from a Russian prison 21 months after they were sentenced for protesting Russian President Vladimir Putin at a Moscow church. They have become the most visible members of the band and appeared at an Amnesty International concert in New York City earlier this month.
The women were in Sochi with other members of Pussy Riot to record a musical film called "Putin will teach you to love the motherland." They were detained for about three hours before their release. Sochi police told Russian agency Interfax that the women were questioned in connection to a theft in the hotel where they were staying, then said they had no further claims against the women.