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Pussy Riot member claims police detained her for protesting in front of FSB office

December 20, 2017, 15:08 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to Maria Alyokhina, two photographers, who were taking footage of her protest, were also detained

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MOSCOW, December 20. /TASS/. Police have detained Pussy Riot band member Maria Alyokhina and hauled her off to the local precinct for protesting in front of the FSB office in downtown Moscow, as she herself told TASS.

"Today, I came to the Russian FSB office, holding a banner. After that, the police detained me and took me to a local police station," she said.

According to Alyokhina, two photographers, who were taking footage of her protest, were also detained.

TASS has not yet received any official comment on the matter.

In August 2012, Moscow's Khamovniki District Court found three Pussy Riot members - Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, Maria Alyokhina and Yekaterina Samutsevich - guilty of hooliganism based on religious hatred during a controversial act at Moscow’s Christ the Savior Cathedral. Each of them was sentenced to two years in a general correctional facility. On October 10, 2012, the Moscow City Court changed the verdict for Samutsevich, handing her a suspended sentence. In late 2013, Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were granted amnesty.

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