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Russia: Nine new arrests near Sochi Olympics include Pussy Riot activists

Headline Title:  Russia: Nine new arrests near Sochi Olympics include Pussy Riot activists 18 February 2014  The Russian authorities must immediately release nine people – including activists and journalists – who have been arrested in central Sochi, Amnesty International said.  Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, former prisoners of conscience jailed for their peaceful activism as part of the punk collective Pussy Riot, complain of having been arrested in Sochi for the third time in as many days. Today the authorities claimed this was related to a theft at a…

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