Pussy Riot members held by police in Sochi amid Winter Olympics 2014

Maria Alyokhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova of Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot speak onstage at the Amnesty International Concert presented by the CBGB Festival at Barclays Center, Feb. 5, 2014, in New York City. Getty

SOCHI, Russia -- Two members of the Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot were detained near the Olympics in downtown Sochi on Tuesday.

No charges were filed against Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who were held along with several other people near the city's ferry terminal, a popular area for fans celebrating the Olympics, for several hours.

Seven other people who were detained with them also were released Tuesday. Police said they were questioned in connection with a theft at the hotel where they were staying.

Alekhina and Tolokonnikova spent nearly two years in prison but were released in December. They were convicted of hooliganism after staging a protest in Moscow's most prominent cathedral in opposition to President Vladimir Putin's government.

As CBS News correspondent Charlie D'Agata reported, the women remained defiant even after their spell in prison.

Alekhina and Tolokonnikova recently visited the U.S. to take part in an Amnesty International concert.

Along with Madonna, Yoko Ono and the band Imagine Dragons, the Pussy Riot members used the February concert to demand a boycott of the Winter Games.

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