‘Pussy Riot’ members attacked in Russia

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right) and Maria Alyokhina, of the Russian punk rock band Pussy Riot, have been detained in Sochi, according to reports. File picture: Edgar Su

Moscow - Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot have been attacked by unidentified men on a trip to campaign for prisoners' rights.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who spent nearly two years in prison for their irreverent protest against President Vladimir Putin in Moscow's main cathedral, were doused with green antiseptic Thursday by five men in a McDonalds restaurant in the Volga River city of Nizhny Novgorod.

In a video Tolokonnikova posted on Twitter, the men also shouted insults, urging the women to leave the city. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were trying to visit a local prison as part of their campaign to defend prisoners' rights.

Last month, Cossack militia attacked them with horsewhips in Sochi during the Winter Olympic Games when they tried to perform a song mocking Putin.

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