Two Pussy Riot members detained over protest in Siberian city

Two Pussy Riot members detained over protest in Siberian city
Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina, pictured on March 12, 2017, was arrested after protesting in support of a jailed Ukrainian filmmaker

Russian police on Monday detained two members of Pussy Riot after they staged a protest in support of a jailed Ukrainian filmmaker in a Siberian city.

Maria Alyokhina, one of the punk rock group's members previously jailed for a protest against President Vladimir Putin, wrote on Twitter that she and Olga Borisova were being held in Yakutsk.

Alyokhina tweeted that they had been taken to a police station after protesting in support of filmmaker Oleg Sentsov, who is serving a 20-year term for "terrorist" offences in Yakutsk, almost 5,000 kilometres (3,000 miles) east of Moscow.

"We're in Yakutsk police station No. 2," Alyokhina wrote.

Borisova, in a video from a police car posted on Twitter, added: "We're going to the police station... on suspicion of committing an administrative offence, (holding) an unsanctioned rally."

Alyokhina on Sunday posted photos and a video of their brief protest on a bridge, calling Sentsov's case "one of the key political cases in the history of our country."

For the protest, the women donned the group's signature colourful balaclavas and held flares and a sign saying "Free Sentsov."

Sentsov was convicted for masterminding arson attacks on pro-Kremlin party offices in Crimea after Russia annexed the peninsula from Ukraine in March 2014.

His case was denounced by the West and filmmakers around the world continue to speak out in support for him.

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin praised the protest, writing on Twitter: "Respect to for building the bridge of freedom in Yakutsk. "

Alyokhina served a prison term for a protest performance in a Moscow cathedral, being convicted of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred.