Tuesday Feb. 18, 2014 05:36 ET

2 Pussy Riot members detained in Sochi

Pussy Riot
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, left, and Maria Alekhina, members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot, participate in a press conference of the Cinema For Peace foundation in Berlin Monday, Feb. 10, 2014.

A Russian human rights activist says two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been detained near the Olympics in downtown Sochi.

Semyon Simonov says he was with Maria Alyokhina​ and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova at the time. He says the two women have been accused of theft, and says several other activists were also detained by police.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison but were released in December. They were convicted of hooliganism after staging a protest in Moscow's most prominent cathedral in opposition to President Vladimir Putin's government.

Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova recently visited the U.S. to take part in an Amnesty International concert.

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