Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Cossack Security Goons Attack Pussy Riot Members And Journalists in Sochi

Pussy Riot members retweeted this image from @GogolsWives,
captioned, "Putin will teach you to love the motherland"
February 19, 2014 - Members of the anti-Putin shock rock band Pussy Riot were brutalized in an unprovoked attack by security men at the Sochi Olympics.

Shocking video (below) shows band members Nadezhda and Maria being attacked by uniformed men described as "Cossack militia." The men used "batons, pepper spray and whips, as the young women attempted to perform a song near the seaport in the Olympic host city, Sochi," reports Russia Today (RT). The disturbing incident has caused international outrage. The goons, numbering at least ten, also attacked several journalists at the event.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were attacked just seconds after they began to sing a song in front of a 2014 Winter Olympics banner. The two women were released early from prison in December under an amnesty bill. On Monday of this week they were arrested on charges of theft, and released on Tuesday. Tolokonnikova wrote on her own Twitter feed @tolokno that they had been attempting to stage a new performance entitled “Putin will teach you to love the motherland”. (More below the video)


Cossacks, clad in their national clothes, are often seen helping the police with their work in the south of Russia in line with a tradition dating back to Tsarist times," says The Journal.

Sochi is within the Krasnodar Region. Its governor condemned the attack and said he thinks it should be investigated and the attackers punished.
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