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Pussy Riot members are released in Sochi

Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot who were arrested on Monday near the Winter Olympics resort of Sochi have been released. Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were being held on suspicion of theft. The pair were convicted of hooliganism over a protest song against President Putin in Moscow’s largest cathedral. They staged the protest along with other band members and were only released from jail in December. The act was seen as blasphemous by many Russians, and was condemned by the Orthodox Church. Continue reading

Sochi 2014: A beginner’s guide to the ski jumping events

The sport in brief

Few sports are more spectacular. Competitors jump further than the length of a football pitch at speeds of 60mph, so power, balance and an unflinching resolve are vital.
It’s not just about distance – points are also awarded for style.
Each competitor has two jumps which count towards the final standings. Continue reading