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Pussy Riot band members Maria Alyokhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have filed a lawsuit against the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights. (Source: CNN) Pussy Riot band members Maria Alyokhina, left, and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have filed a lawsuit against the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights. (Source: CNN)

(CNN) - Two members of the Russian punk band Pussy Riot are suing for their imprisonment after a 2012 performance critical of President Vladimir Putin.

Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova have filed a lawsuit against the Russian government in the European Court of Human Rights.

They were given amnesty in December following 21 months in prison for their punk prayer protest at a Moscow cathedral.

According to The Guardian, the women said the investigation and prosecution violated their rights and amounted to torture.

They are demanding more than $160,000 in compensation, plus court fees.

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