US and Russian envoys trade jibes over Pussy Riot

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power has traded jibes with Russia's U.N. Ambassador Vitaly Churkin over her meeting with two members of the Russian protest punk band Pussy Riot.

Power tweeted that she met "some brave 'troublemakers'" Wednesday who discussed their time in prison. The two women were released in December.

"I asked Pussy Riot if they were afraid of prison. Response: No. In prison we could see the terrible conditions. It's human rights fieldwork," Power added.

Maria Alekhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova were released in December after nearly two years in prison following a conviction for hooliganism when they staged a protest in a Russian church, wearing balaclavas and screaming lyrics.

When Churkin was asked about Power's meeting with Pussy Riot late Wednesday, he quipped: "She has not joined the band?"

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