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Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Maria Alekhina, right, glance at each when responding to questions from the media during a press conference as part of a human rights weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were released from prison last month after serving 21 months for hooliganism following their March 2012 arrest for giving an unauthorized performance in Christ The Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, and Maria Alekhina, right, glance at each when responding to questions from the media during a press conference as part of a human rights weekend in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were released from prison last month after serving 21 months for hooliganism following their March 2012 arrest for giving an unauthorized performance in Christ The Savior Cathedral in Moscow, Russia. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
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(AP) Two members of the punk band Pussy Riot are urging politicians attending the Winter Olympics to criticize human rights abuses in Russia.


Appearing in Amsterdam during their world speaking tour, Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said Friday that Russian President Vladimir Putin "can be influenced by foreign political pressure" but only statements made in public.


Tolokonnikova said anything said to Putin or his circle behind closed doors "they'll just nod their heads and ignore."


The two performers were sentenced in August 2012 to two years in prison for hooliganism after an irreverent performance blasting Putin in Moscow's main cathedral.


They were released in December in what was widely seen as a political relations move ahead of the Olympics, which begin in Sochi, Russia, next week.


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