Russia puts Pussy Riot member under house arrest ahead of protests

Maria Alyokhina of Pussy Riot reacts during an interview at the Edinburgh Fringe, in Edinburgh

MOSCOW (Reuters) - A Russian court ordered Maria Alyokhina, a member of the Pussy Riot punk band, to be kept under house arrest until March 23 for violating restrictions related to the pandemic, the court said on Friday.

The move comes ahead of protests on Sunday planned by allies of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny who are calling on authorities to release him from jail.

Alyokhina was detained on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Polina Nikolskaya, writing by Maria Tsvetkova; Editing by Hugh Lawson)