MEMBERS OF the Russian punk rock activist group Pussy Riot today were in Sochi, and had just began to perform, when Russian security forces attacked them. They were whipped, beaten, and pepper-sprayed.
The security forces violently pulled off Nadezhda “Nadya” Tolokonnikova’s ski mask, knocked her down and attacked her with a whip as she lay on the ground. They also assaulted other members, smashing a guitar and throwing it in the trash.The International Olympic Committee spokesperson Mark Adams, rather than denouncing the violence, declared that 'venues are not the places to have demonstrations.' His only critical comment was that the pictures were 'unsettling'.
Pussy Riot had just begun singing the satirical “Putin Will Teach Us to Love the Homeland” when they were attacked.