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Pussy Riot came to Sochi looking for trouble: Russia deputy PM

Published on Feb 22, 2014 7:35 PM
 
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (right) and Maria Alyokhina speak to the press with fellow Russian punk group Pussy Riot members on Feb 20, 2014 in Sochi, after posted a new video filmed in the centre of Olympics host Sochi, savaging Russian President Vladimir Putin over the hosting of the Winter Games and the rights climate in Russia. The high profile members of punk group Pussy Riot came to Olympics host Sochi this week looking for trouble, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Saturday, Feb 22, 2014, after the women were filmed being beaten with a horsewhip. -- PHOTO: AFP

SOCHI (AFP) - The high profile members of punk group Pussy Riot came to Olympics host Sochi this week looking for trouble, Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak said on Saturday after the women were filmed being beaten with a horsewhip.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who were released from prison colonies last year, were shoved, pushed to the ground and whipped by Cossacks in Sochi on Wednesday.

The pair, who have been vocal opponents of the Sochi Games and called for a boycott, had earlier been detained by police in connection with a theft case but not charged.

The shocking images of them being violently whipped by a Cossack vigilante feature prominently in their new music video which savages President Vladimir Putin over the hosting of the Games.

 
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