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  • A member of the Pussy Riot punk group - who have feuded with Vladmir Putin's government for years - looks on during a press conference, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014, in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/David Goldman)

    Pussy Riot presents Sochi punk video

    Russian punk band Pussy Riot ended their stay in the Olympic city of Sochi on Thursday by posting a video criticizing the Winter Games and President Vladimir Putin.

  • A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and a photographer as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Maria Alekhina, right, in the pink balaclava, stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014. The group had gathered in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30km (21miles) from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They ran out of the restaurant wearing brightly colored clothes and ski masks and were set upon by about a dozen Cossacks, who are used by police authorities in Russia to patrol the streets. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)

    Russian security forces attack Pussy Riot members

    Cossack militia attacked Russia's Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips on Wednesday as the artists - who have feuded with Vladimir Putin's government for years - tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.

  • This photo provided by Maria Alekhina, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, was taken in the back of a police detention vehicle after she and several others were detained in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Fellow band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Alekhina were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Maria Alekhina)

    Pussy Riot make comeback in Sochi during Olympics

    Some marvel at their brazen nerve. Others condemn the young women as anarchic and enemies of the state.

  • This photo provided by Maria Alekhina, a member of the punk band Pussy Riot, was taken from inside a police detention vehicle after she and several others were detained in Sochi, Russia, on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014. Fellow band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter that she and Alekhina were detained Tuesday while walking in downtown Sochi, the host city of the Winter Olympics. (AP Photo/Maria Alekhina)

    Sochi tension: Pussy Riot members briefly detained

    Russian punk group Pussy Riot burst onto the Olympic scene Tuesday when two of its members were picked up by police in host city Sochi - and then ran away defiant down a rain-soaked street a few hours later, shouting and wearing their trademark garish balaclavas.

  • Madonna participates in Amnesty International's "Bringing Human Rights Home" Concert at the Barclays Center on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014 in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP)

    Madonna, Pussy Riot speak at human rights concert

    Instead of singing, Madonna and Pussy Riot spoke with passion about human rights issues at a concert for Amnesty International.

  • Russian punk band Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova smiles when responding to questions from the media during a press conference as part of a human rights weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were released from prison last month after serving 21 months for hooliganism following their March 2012 arrest for giving an unauthorized performance in Christ The Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)

    Pussy Riot urges pols to speak out in Sochi

    Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot are urging politicians attending the Winter Olympics to criticize human rights abuses in Russia.

  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova speaks to the media after leaving prison in Krasnoyarsk, Russia, Monday, Dec. 23, 2013. The third member of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot has been released from custody following an amnesty law passed by parliament. Tolokonnikova left the prison colony in the eastern Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk on Monday, hours after another band member, Maria Alekhina, was released in another region. (AP Photo/Alexander Roslyakov)

    2 Pussy Riot members released from prison

    Two jailed members of the Russian punk bank Pussy Riot were released Monday following an amnesty law that both described as a Kremlin public relations stunt ahead of the Winter Olympics.

  • Pussy Riot members say they have no regrets

    The imprisoned members of the Pussy Riot feminist punk band say they feel no regrets about the irreverent "punk prayer" against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral that landed them behind bars for two years.

  • Russian court may defer Pussy Riot member sentence

    A member of feminist punk band Pussy Riot asked a Russian court on Wednesday to let her serve the rest of her two-year sentence when her 5-year-old son is a teenager, arguing that separation from her child now will do irreparable psychological damage.

  • Jailed feminist punk band Pussy Riot member Maria Alekhina is seen in a cell at a courtroom in Berezniki, about 1,500 km (940 miles) northeast of Moscow on Jan. 16, 2013. A Russian court on Wednesday turned down her attempt to defer serving her sentence until her preschool son becomes a teenager. Alekhina was convicted last year along with two other band members of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred for an anti-President Vladimir Putin stunt in Russia's main cathedral. (Associated Press)

    Russian court rejects punk rocker's appeal

    A Russian court Wednesday turned down an attempt by an imprisoned punk rock band member to defer serving her sentence for hooliganism until her preschool son becomes a teenager.

  • Russian court turns down Pussy Riot appeal

    A Russian court on Wednesday turned down an attempt by an imprisoned Pussy Riot band member to defer serving her sentence for hooliganism until her preschool son becomes a teenager.

  • Feminist punk group Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is escorted Aug. 8, 2012, at a court in Moscow. Tolokonnikova and two other group members have been in custody for five months after giving an impromptu performance in Moscow's main cathedral to call for an end to Vladimir Putin's rule. (Associated Press)

    Verdict in Russian punk trial set for Aug. 17

    A Moscow judge wrapped up the trial of three feminist punk rockers on Wednesday and said she would issue a verdict in the controversial case next week.

  • Verdict in Russian punk trial set for Aug. 17

    A Moscow judge wrapped up the trial of three feminist punk rockers on Wednesday and said she would issue a verdict in the controversial case next week.

  • Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (center), a member of the feminist punk group Pussy Riot, is escorted Aug. 6, 2012, to a courtroom in Moscow. Tolokonnikova and two other members of the group are facing trial on charges of hooliganism for performing a "punk prayer" at Moscow's main cathedral against Vladimir Putin's return to the Russian presidency. (Associated Press)

    Feminist anti-Putin rockers say judge biased

    Members of a feminist Russian punk band on trial for performing a stunt against Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral sought to dismiss their judge on Monday, accusing her of being politically biased and ignoring their side of the story.

  • Anti-Putin feminist punks on trial in Moscow

    A Moscow court on Friday launched the trial of three feminist rockers who face a possible seven years in prison for performing a "punk prayer" against Vladimir Putin from the pulpit of Russia's largest cathedral.

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  • The two women detained for a few hours in Sochi, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, spent nearly two years in jail for their Pussy Riot activities, but some members contend they are no longer part of the group.

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