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SBD Global/December 24, 2013/Olympics
Russian Punk Band Member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova Calls For Sochi Olympics Boycott
Published December 24, 2013
A member of Russian punk band Pussy Riot "has called for foreign countries to boycott February's Winter Olympics, hours after she was freed from jail," according to the BBC. Nadezhda Tolokonnikova dismissed the amnesty law that set her free, and said it was a "cosmetic measure." She and bandmate Maria Alyokhina, who was also freed, said that "the prison system needed wider reform and promised to continue anti-government action." They were jailed in '12 "after singing a protest song in a Moscow cathedral." Tolokonnikova said, "I'm calling for a boycott, for honesty." Rights groups have already campaigned for a boycott of the Sochi Games after Russia passed a law forbidding "propaganda of non-traditional sexual relations among minors" (BBC, 12/23).