Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina Reportedly Arrested in Moscow Once Again

Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina Reportedly Arrested in Moscow Once Again

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot have had a rough time recently at the Olympic city of Sochi. They have already been arrested on accusations of theft and had their protest performance violently broken up, and now the previously incarcerated punks have reportedly been arrested once again.

News reports indicate that Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were taken into custody today (February 24) for protesting a trial in Moscow. The trial surrounds an allegedly violent political protest that occurred in 2012; it's known as the Bolotnaya Square case, after the Moscow square where the incident initially took place.

On Friday (February 21), a court handed out guilty verdicts to eight defendants who were involved in the demonstration against Russian President Vladimir Putin. Today their sentences were handed out, with seven of the accused receiving between two and a half years and four years in prison.

According to various reports, more than 100 people outside the courtroom were detained for violating public order, and International Business Times pointed to photos of the Pussy Riot members being dragged away. Tolokonnikova's husband, Peter Verzilov, was also apparently arrested.

It's unclear if there will be any further repercussions from this latest arrest.