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.


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