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Pussy Riot band member Nadya Tolokonnikova arrested at Moscow demo

Nadya Tolokonnikova, a member of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot, has been arrested in a sit-down demo over prison conditions. Her detention came as President Vladimir Putin praised Russia's democracy and openness.

Russische Feministin Nadeschda Tolokonnikova

Tolokonnikova previously spent time behind bars over a musical protest at a church

Local media said Tolokonnikova was arrested on Friday as she and a fellow protester made a statement in central Moscow about the

conditions women face in Russian prisons

.

Tolokonnikova tweeted a picture before she and Katrin Nenasheva appeared in Bolotnaya Square wearing prison uniforms.

The pair sat down to sew a Russian flag, before being approached by police. The group tweeted a picture of her subsequent arrest on its English-language Twitter account.

"I'm in the police van," Tolokonnikova told opposition radio station Echo of Moscow afterwards. "I haven't been told which police station we're headed to. There's another person with me."

Sewing in 'slave-like conditions'

The two activists were arrested for holding a "non-authorized protest" in which they planned to sew a Russian flag while wearing prison uniforms.

The protest was held at central Moscow's Bolotnaya Square, the scene of clashes between police and protesters in 2012.

Tolokonnikova and fellow Pussy Riot member Maria Alyokhina were

jailed for two years

after they held an anti-Putin punk protest at a Moscow church in 2012. The pair had been found guilty of hooliganism motivated by religious hatred. They were

released in late 2013

.

Tolokonnikova, who spent most of her jail time in a

women's penal colony

in central Russia has described the

conditions she experienced

as close to "slavery." She served time in a prison sewing shop and even went on

hunger strike

to protest the situation in Russia's jails.

'A modern, open and independent country'

The protest took place on Russia day, which commemorates the 1990 declaration of state sovereignty by Russia, which had been one of 15 republics within the Soviet Union.

To mark the occasion, President Vladimir Putin praised the country, saying it had made "a successful breakthrough to democracy and a market economy, but also able to establish itself as a modern, open and independent country."

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