Pussy Riot members detained after prison protest

Fighters Alyokhina with fellow Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich centre and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova right at their 2012 sentencing in Moscow

Fighters Alyokhina with fellow Pussy Riot members Yekaterina Samutsevich centre and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova right at their 2012 sentencing in Moscow

Two members of Pussy Riot were detained on Monday following a protest outside a Siberian prison colony where Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov is being held.

Alyokhina tweeted that they were taken to a police station after protesting in support of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year term for "terrorist" offences in Yakutsk, nearly 5,000 kilometres east of Moscow. She also shared video and images of the protest that show a banner reading "Free Sentsov" hanging on a bridge near Sentsov's prison.

Sentsov is a Ukrainian citizen convicted of plotting terrorist acts in Crimea, in what Amnesty International has called an "unfair military trial".

They were sentenced respectively to 20 years and 10 years imprisonment. According to The Guardian, at least 10 Ukrainian individuals were serving extended sentences in Russian Federation as of 2016. The penal colony No. 1, where Oleg Sentsov is held, is twenty minutes, seven and a half kilometres from here. "Nobody believes it. But that doesn't stop him".

Alekhina, 29, was one of three members of punk protest group Pussy Riot convicted in 2012 of "hooliganism motivated by religious hatred" for a protest in Moscow's Cathedral of Christ the Saviour. The two were freed before the end of their two-year prison sentences in 2013, ahead of the Olympics in Sochi. Tolokonnikova also recently announced an immersive theater project titled "Inside Pussy Riot, " which will open in London this fall.

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