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Pussy Riot arrest: Stealing from Sochi hotel? 2 Pussy Riot females questioned

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A Pussy Riot arrest has brought the infamous Russian female protest group back into the international spotlight this week after 2 members were questioned about a theft at a Sochi hotel. Police received an official complaint that someone was stealing from the hotel residency, and were subsequently questioning all those who were visiting the hotel recently. Yahoo! News has confirmed this Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, that neither woman appears to have been found suspicious of the crime, as they were later released without incident.

Pussy Riot is known for breaking the rules, but this time their brief “arrest” seems unfounded. A total of 2 members from the female protest band were taken in for official questioning this week at a Sochi police station following reports of theft in the large hotel they were staying at, not far from the Winter Olympic Games.

Police Headquarters at Sochi revealed to Russian news source, Interfax, that Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of the well-known punk rock band were formally questioned at Adler law enforcement station this Tuesday. A number of other residents of the hotel at the time of the alleged stealing were also taken in to be examined.

A few hours later, the 2 Pussy Riot members were released from the police station sans handcuffs or law enforcement escorts. Instead, a mass of media sources were waiting to hear what had happened regarding the Pussy Riot arrest themselves.

"A survey in connection with the theft at the Hotel Adler is completed, there is no claim against those questioned," law enforcement officials announced on Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina in a statement.

A number of outlets had initially reported that both female members of the punk rock group had actually been “arrested” on serious charges, including that of the Sochi hotel theft. One report even alleged that dozens of officers were involved in the investigation that led to police suspicion of the women stealing from the local hotel.

“News of a detainment spread after the Twitter account of the radical left wing organization Gruppa Voina tweeted that Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were detained near Sochi's port area, which is not designated as an official protest area.”

It hasn’t been made clear as to why the protest group didn’t tell fans or the public at large of the temporary detentions right away. The official Twitter account connected to Tolokonnikova stated that police force was actually used in the questioning — even if the so-called Pussy Riot arrests were not explicitly mentioned — but the identity of the specific tweeter remains a mystery.

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