Cossacks horsewhip Pussy Riot at Sochi

Members of Pussy Riot, including the recently freed women Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, were brutally whipped, sprayed and beaten by cossacks representing Russian authorities at the Sochi Olympic Games. The women call the Olympics a political event, and report that they have been harrassed and detained continuously since arriving in Sochi to protest them.

Some other members of Pussy Riot have repudiated Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina and do not consider them to be representatives of Pussy Riot any longer.

The footage shows Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who both served prison sentences for their Moscow church performance, being attacked along with other band members.

A Cossack appears to spray a substance in the face of one of the band members, who were wearing ski-masks.

An officer with a whip then proceeds to attack the band members along with a man with a camera.

Other Cossacks then jump in, punching the band members and throwing them to the floor.

Pussy Riot whipped at Sochi Games by Cossacks [BBC]

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  1. petzl

    Some other members of Pussy Riot have repudiated Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina and do not consider them to be representatives of Pussy Riot any longer.

    Selling concert tickets "is highly contradictory to the principles of Pussy Riot", said the letter signed with six nicknames: Cat, Garadzha, Fara, Shayba, Serafima and Shumakher.

    "We're a female separatist collective," it said. "We never accept money for our performances … we only stage illegal performances in unexpected public places."

    The letter also took issue with concert posters showing a male guitarist in a balaclava, a trademark of the feminist group.

    Pussy Riot is apparently having a People's Front of Judea moment. Results are not what's important; dogma and ideological purity are what's important.

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