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article imageVideo: Pussy Riot attacked by Cossacks in Sochi

By D.M. McGrory     Feb 19, 2014 in World
Sochi - Cossack militia attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with horsewhips as they staged a performance under an advertisement for the Sochi Winter Olympics.
The video, distributed by the Associated Press, which has subsequently been shared by various news sources including the Telegraph and ABC, shows six group members in their signature woollen balaclavas in an altercation with Cossack forces — elite members of the Russian security forces.
One guard appears to use pepper spray, another whipped several group members while others ripped off their masks and throws the guitar into a bin. Group member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova is seen being beaten with a whip as she lay on the ground.
Police later arrived to the scene, around 21 miles (30Kms) from the location of the Winter Olympics, and questioned witnesses. There were no reported arrests.
Maria Alyokhina, who was arrested with Tolokonnikova in 2012 and detained in Sochi earlier this week, posted pictures on Twitter of her fellow band member's chest showing severe bruising after the clashes.
Pussy Riot, a performance-art collective involving a loose membership of feminists who edit their actions into music videos, have received international attention for their staunch opposition to Vladimir Putin’s government, particularly with regard to their restriction on human rights and those of LGBT communities.
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