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Pussy Riot say clash with police in Sochi

The two best known members of Pussy Riot said they clashed with plain clothes police and Cossacks Wednesday when they tried to stage an action in the centre of Winter Olympics host city Sochi. The scuffles came a day after members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were detained by police in Sochi for several hours on Tuesday in connection with a theft case. Cossacks, clad in their national clothes, are often seen helping the police with their work in the south of Russia in line with a tradition dating back to Tsarist times.

Russian migration officials disrupt Pussy Riot play

Russian migration officials disrupted a Moscow play by a Swiss director about the trial against punk band Pussy Riot on Sunday, while religious activists caused a commotion outside. The political play "The Moscow Trials" by director Milo Rau tells the story of last year's trial against three singers of the feminist band -- one of whom, Yekaterina Samutsevich, has since been freed and is now taking part in the play.
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