Four members of the Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot have appeared in court again today after they were rearrested – just seconds after being released from custody for a World Cup stunt.

Olga Pakhtusova was seen being marched towards the Khamovnichesky district court building in Russia’s capital, on Tuesday.

Pakhtusova and three others, including Pyotr Verzilov, were released from their fifteen day detention on Monday.

In a bizarre move by Moscow’s police force the anti-establishment activists were re-arrested seconds later.

All four appeared outside the court on Tuesday – in the same clothes they were arrested in on Monday. 

Veronika Nikulshina, one of four members of Russia's Pussy Riot protest group was spotted outside court on Tuesday - in the same clothes she was re-arrested in

Veronika Nikulshina, one of four members of Russia’s Pussy Riot protest group was spotted outside court on Tuesday – in the same clothes she was re-arrested in

Olga Kuracheva, left, smiles as she is escorted to the courtroom in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday

Veronika Nikulshina, a member of the feminist protest group Pussy Riot

Olga Kuracheva (left) and Veronika Nikulshina (right) appeared outside court in Moscow on Tuesday 

Pyotr Verzilov, one of four intruders affiliated to Russia's Pussy Riot protest group who were jailed for 15 days for staging a pitch invasion, was back in court on Tuesday

Pyotr Verzilov, one of four intruders affiliated to Russia’s Pussy Riot protest group who were jailed for 15 days for staging a pitch invasion, was back in court on Tuesday

They had served more than two weeks for a pitch invasion. It is currently unclear what new charges the quartet are facing.

The activists dressed in police uniform and ran on to the football field to briefly disrupt the final between France and Croatia, prompting their original sentence.

Pussy Riot said they were protesting over policing powers and demanding reforms in Russia.

On Monday, an AFP reporter saw activists Veronika Nikulshina, Olga Kuracheva and Olga Pakhtusova celebrate their release before being forced into a police van seconds later.

No explanation was given to journalists.

Member of the Pussy Riot punk group Olga Pakhtusova (C) walks with police during a court hearing at a courthouse in Moscow, on Tuesday 

Member of the Pussy Riot punk group Olga Pakhtusova (C) walks with police during a court hearing at a courthouse in Moscow, on Tuesday 

Tuesday: Olga Kuracheva can be seen behind the bars of a prison transport van as she was brought to court again

Tuesday: Olga Kuracheva can be seen behind the bars of a prison transport van as she was brought to court again

Russian police on Monday detained four members of the Pussy Riot punk group immediately after they were released from custody, having served 15 days for invading the pitch at the World Cup final in Moscow

Russian police on Monday detained four members of the Pussy Riot punk group immediately after they were released from custody, having served 15 days for invading the pitch at the World Cup final in Moscow

A Moscow court earlier this month sentenced the activists to 15 days in police cells and also banned them from visiting sports events for three years

A Moscow court earlier this month sentenced the activists to 15 days in police cells and also banned them from visiting sports events for three years

The fourth activist Pyotr Verzilov, released from a different Moscow detention centre, tweeted that he was detained by riot police and driven to a police station next to Luzhniki stadium where the group was originally brought to after their World Cup stunt

The fourth activist Pyotr Verzilov, released from a different Moscow detention centre, tweeted that he was detained by riot police and driven to a police station next to Luzhniki stadium where the group was originally brought to after their World Cup stunt

Monday: The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow's Luzniki stadium in the second half of the World Cup final between France and Croatia

Monday: The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow’s Luzniki stadium in the second half of the World Cup final between France and Croatia

Olga Kurachyova, who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup final between France and Croatia, talks to police officers after leaving prison

Olga Kurachyova, who ran onto the pitch during the World Cup final between France and Croatia, talks to police officers after leaving prison

The fourth activist Pyotr Verzilov, released from a different Moscow detention centre, tweeted that he was detained by riot police and driven to a police station next to Luzhniki stadium where the group was originally brought to after their World Cup stunt.

‘They (the police) say they will leave us under arrest for the night,’ he tweeted.

Pakhtusova tweeted a video from inside a police van, saying authorities accused the group of breaking the law on public gatherings.

‘Right at the exit of the detention centre they accused us of breaking the 20.2 law (on public gatherings). They did not say anything, they just put us in a van and drove us away,’ she said.

A Moscow court earlier this month banned them from visiting sports events for three years.

The four ran onto the pitch at Moscow’s Luzniki stadium in the second half of the World Cup final between France and Croatia, watched by President Vladimir Putin and world leaders including French President Emmanuel Macron.

They said it was a protest against Putin and issued a list of political demands, including freeing political prisoners and ending arrests at peaceful rallies.

They said it was a protest against Putin and issued a list of political demands, including freeing political prisoners and ending arrests at peaceful rallies

They said it was a protest against Putin and issued a list of political demands, including freeing political prisoners and ending arrests at peaceful rallies

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was forced to look on disappointedly as some of his discontented citizens demonstrated against his iron rule during the World Cup final

Russian strongman Vladimir Putin was forced to look on disappointedly as some of his discontented citizens demonstrated against his iron rule during the World Cup final

Three of the group's members were convicted of 'hooliganism motivated by religious hatred' at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups

Three of the group’s members were convicted of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’ at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups

Pussy Riot is most famous for performing an anti-Putin protest song in a central Moscow church in February 2012.

Three of the group’s members were convicted of ‘hooliganism motivated by religious hatred’ at a trial that attracted global media attention and drew protests from rights groups.

Group members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released after serving 22 months of their two-year sentences. The other convicted member Yekaterina Samutsevich was given a suspended sentence. 



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