Wednesday Feb. 19, 2014 03:46 ET

Pussy Riot should not protest at Sochi, IOC says

OLYMPICS-PUSSYRIOT/
Masked members of protest band Pussy Riot leave a police station in Adler during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, February 18, 2014. Two members of Pussy Riot, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were detained on Tuesday in connection with a theft in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi, less than two months after their release from prison under an amnesty.

It would be "wholly inappropriate" for the Russian punk group Pussy Riot to protest at Sochi Olympic sites, says the International Olympic Committee.

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said Wednesday that "venues are not the places to have demonstrations."

Two Pussy Riot members were detained by police Tuesday near the Sochi ferry terminal and later released. The two women have called for a boycott of the Sochi Games and gained worldwide attention for protesting the policies of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Adams said the detention did not appear to be linked to the Olympics.

The detention of the Pussy Riot members as well as a gay rights activist and environmental activists in recent days has brought political tensions to the fore at the Olympics.

Comments on this story are moderated. Comments will appear immediately but may be removed if they violate our Submission Guidelines. Comments are open and welcome for three days after the story is published. We reserve the right to close comments before then.

Submission Policy

Note: The CBC does not necessarily endorse any of the views posted. By submitting your comments, you acknowledge that the CBC has the right to reproduce, broadcast and publicize those comments or any part thereof in any manner whatsoever. Please note that comments are moderated and published according to our submission guidelines.