Pro-gay Pussy Riot members whipped by Cossacks while trying to perform in Sochi

Video shows members of performance art group being attacked in public plaza

Pro-gay Pussy Riot members whipped by Cossacks while trying to perform in Sochi
19 February 2014

Video of members of the performance art group Pussy Riot being attacked with horsewhips by Cossack militia emerged Wednesday and is quickly causing outrage.

The pro-gay, anti-Putin group was trying to perform in Sochi, Russia, under a sign advertising the Winter Olympics.

As they pulled out a guitar and microphone,  at least 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in.

The women chanted in Russian: ‘Putin will teach you to love the Motherland,’ the name of the song for which they had arrived in Sochi to make a new protest video.

It was just last December that group members, Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were released from prison. Both were among those attacked during Wednesday’s incident.

They had been given two-year prison sentences in connection with another song against Putin sang in 2011 by the group in a Moscow church.

UPDATE:  Members of Pussy Riot have been repeatedly detained since arriving in Sochi on Sunday (16 February).

The Washington Post reports that the International Olympic Committee was asked about that earlier today.

‘You will have to speak to the local authority about that,’ said IOC spokesman Mark Adams. ‘It happened in Sochi, but I understand that what happened wasn’t in the context of any protest against the Games.’

Adams added that a possible Pussy Riot demonstration at the Olympics ‘would be wholly inappropriate.’

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