Members of Pussy Riot Got Beaten by Olympic Security

Pussy Riot

We’ve been hearing about the band Pussy Riot since the Olympics started. We didn’t know much about them until Wednesday.

They’re a Russian punk rock band and they don’t think too much of Russian president¬†Vladimir Putin, apparently. They decided to film a protest video at Sochi’s port, right in front of a wall with the Sochi Olympic logo on it.

The band didn’t even get into the song, which is called “Putin teaches us to love our motherland.” Instead, as soon as they started to set up, they were attacked by security officers. One member of the band is almost immediately pepper sprayed from point-blank range. The rest of them get whipped and tossed around violently.

A photographer who happens to be there also gets beaten.

We’re talking about some pretty crazy stuff. You can tell the band knew something was going to happen, though. They all donned ski masks for the stunt and were obviously in a hurry to set up and play… like someone was after them.

This isn’t the first time Pussy Riot has run afoul of Russian officials. Several members of the band were imprisoned for “hooliganism” and inciting religious hatred. Basically, they were deemed hooligans when they¬†performed a song slamming Putin in a Moscow cathedral and then posting video of it online.

Free speech: not alive and well in Russia.

Author: Monty McMahon

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