Pussy Riot Members Attacked By Cossack Militia At Sochi Winter Olympics

Posted: February 20, 2014 in Metalhammer
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Pussy Riot were jailed for performing in front of a church in 2012

Members of Russian punk band Pussy Riot were attacked by uniformed militia as they attempted to record a new video at the Sochi Olympics yesterday.

The band performed new track Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland in a public space around 20 miles outside of the city, quickly attracting attention and becoming the subjects of attacks from a number of Cossack men seen brandishing whips and pepper spray.

The Guardian also reports that Pussy Riot had their instruments seized and destroyed, with at least one member seen walking around bloodied afterwards.

The Moscow Times reported earlier this week that members Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were detained in the host city of the ongoing Winter Olympics on suspicion of theft after arriving to perform the anti-Putin song in public.

The BBC states that Maria Alyokhina posted this photo from the back of a police van

It is believed that the detainment also took place 20 miles outside of Sochi, with the BBC reporting that the Russian authorities were quoted as using “force” in the arrest, with both women being released early that afternoon, reportedly with no charges.

Members of Pussy Riot were freed from prison in December after serving a considerable sentence for staging a protest gig outside Moscow’s largest cathedral in 2012. The incarceration led to international protestand pressure towards the Russian authorities.

from Metal Hammer http://www.metalhammer.co.uk/news/pussy-riot-members-attacked-by-cossack-militia-at-sochi-winter-olympics/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=pussy-riot-members-attacked-by-cossack-militia-at-sochi-winter-olympics
via Merlin

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