Pussy Riot Members Arrested

Two activists detained by police
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Two members of Pussy Riot have been detained by the Russian authorities on suspicion of "gross violation of public order and religious hatred".

Pussy Riot are part punk group, part protest movement. Formed in October 2011 as a means to show their disgust with Putin's leadership, the Russian band have grown to become a thirty member strong organisation.

Playing guerilla shows around Moscow, their total dis-regard for the authorities has turned Pussy Riot into an international spectacle. Now it seems that Russian police have decided to act, arresting two members after a recent protest.

According to Russian news service RIANOVOSTI, Pussy Riot invaded the Christ the Savior Cathedral - the largest cathedral in the country. Police have opened criminal proceedings against two more members, alleging that they “shouted insults at believers and churchmen at the Christ the Savior Cathedral.”

In total, five people have been arrested by police. If convicted, the activists face up to seven years in prison for charges including "gross violation of public order and religious hatred".

There are now reports that members of Pussy Riot have gone on hunger strike. More on this as it comes in.

Watch a clip of Pussy Riot in action below.

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