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Pussy Riot members attacked with horsewhips by Cossack Militia at Sochi Games

Friday, 21 February 2014 - 9:16am IST | Agency: ANI
  • Russian punk band Pussy Riot members Maria Alyokhina (2nd R) and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) along with masked members of the band walk after speaking to journalists during the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, in Adler Reuters

Cossack militia attacked Russian punk group Pussy Riot members with whips and teargas in the Winter Olympics host city of Sochi on Wednesday.

The militia attacked the group as it tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.

According to news.com.au, six group members, five women and one man, wore their signature ski masks and were pulling out a guitar and microphone when some 10 Cossacks and other security officials moved in and started beating them.

One Cossack appeared to use pepper spray, another whipped several group members while others ripped off their masks and threw the guitar in bin.

Police arrived and questioned witnesses, but no one was arrested.

The incident lasted less than three minutes and one Pussy Riot member was left with blood on his face.

The group has called for a boycott of the Sochi Olympics and has insisted that any world leader coming to Sochi would be giving tacit approval of Putin's heavy-handed policies, the report added.
 




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