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Pussy Riot member detained for sewing in public

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Nadezhda Tolokonnikova via AP

Pussy Riot member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova—one of two who appeared in House of Cards‘ third season—has been detained in Moscow for sewing a Russian flag in public, multiple outlets reportedPussy Riot confirmed the news on their official Twitter account, where they simply wrote, “nadya’s been detained today in moscow.”

According to reports from eye-witnesses, Tolokonnikova and another activist, Katrin Nenasheva, held a demonstration in the city’s Bolotnaya Square, and began sewing a Russian flag. Their plan was to raise awareness about the trouble women have adapting to life after prison. 

Tolokonnikova told Newsweek the protest only lasted for three minutes before they were asked to leave.”[Police agents] said it was illegal to sew in a public space, that we should do it at home,” she said.“An agent said, ‘It’s not a concentration camp, but there are limits.’” When they refused to stop protesting, both women were detained at the police station. They were reportedly released hours later, and were not charged with a crime.

The women posted a note to Facebook, and wrote, according to a translation, “DO NOT BE AFRAID. Rally In support of women prisoners.”

Back in 2012 and 2013, Tolokonnikova spent 21 months in prison after being charged with hooliganism—yes, hooliganism—for protesting inside a church.

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