Two members of feminist punk group Pussy Riot were detained by police after protesting the imprisonment of a Ukrainian filmmaker Oleg Sentsov.

Maria Alyokhina and Olga Borisova were arrested by police in Yakutsk yesterday but released after hours of questioning.

The protest comes after Sentsov was sentenced to serve 20 years prison after being found guilty of planning terrorist acts in Crimea after Russia annexed the Ukrainian territory in 2016. However, the filmmaker has since claimed he was tortured in order to force him to confess to the crimes he says he did not commit.

Their arrest comes as Alyokhina and Borisova hung a banner that read “Free Sentsov” over a road bridge and set off plumes of coloured smoke, according to the Guardian.

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Elsewhere, other band member Nadya Tolokonnikova is planning to spend eight weeks at London’s Saatchi Gallery an immersive theatre piece.

The work, entitled ‘Inside Pussy Riot’ will tell the tale of Pussy Riot’s “epic ordeal when they were arrested, forced through a flawed judicial system and finally transported to a Russian jail,” according to a statement.

“I’m asking for your support in an exciting new project,” says Tolokonnikova in a statement. “The audience will actually get the chance to re-live each one of these experiences themselves in London, learning what it means to be a political opponent in Russia today. We’ll take you on a journey from the cathedral altar deep into the vaults of the Kremlin itself. Hopefully, this is a journey that you’ll only have to make once in your life.”

The band have a Kickstarter campaign in order to raise funds for the show in which you can claim prizes such as a signed book of prison tattoos or a tour of Moscow with Nadya…

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