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Pussy Riot Member Calls for Sochi Olympics Boycott

Probably not going to happen

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A member of the Pussy Riot punk band has called for a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi to oppose what she called a campaign of "tightening the screws" against opponents of Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Yekaterina Samutsevich, who was freed after serving several months of a two-year jail sentence over a protest against Putin in a Russian Orthodox church, likened the situation to the run-up to the 1980 Moscow Olympics, boycotted by dozens of nations.

"An event which should be purely about sport is becoming highly politicized and rife with conflict. Our authorities are to blame for that," Samutsevich told Reuters Television.