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Pussy Riot Members Detained After Prison Protest

 

Pitchfork reports — Pussy Riot’s Masha Alekhina and Olya Borisova were briefly detained in Yakutsk, Siberia this morning after protesting the detention of Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, The Washington Post reports. Yesterday, the pair had unveiled a “Free Sentsov” banner and set off flares on a bridge near the detention center holding Sentsov, according to the report. Watch video footage from the incident below, via Alekhina’s Facebook page. The group tweeted this morning that “2 pussy riot members are in a police station now,” and later shared a photo of Alekhina and Borisova following their release. The protest was part of an ongoing wave of condemnations of the Russian government, who handed Sentsov a 20-year prison camp sentence in 2015 on controversial terrorism charges. Pitchfork has emailed Pussy Riot’s representative for further details.

Pussy Riot recently announced an eight-week immersive theatre piece at London’s Saatchi Gallery, centering on the “epic ordeal when they were arrested, forced through a flawed judicial system and finally transported to a Russian jail” back in 2012.