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Pussy Riot Members Beaten, Whipped by Russian Cossacks: VIDEO

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Members of the punk group Pussy Riot were attacked on Wednesday in a public plaza in Sochi while preparing to make a video of a new protest song called "Putin will teach you how to love your Motherland."

2_cossacksJust after beginning the performance, a group of Russian Cossacks branding whips and pepper spray began attacking the group members, the WaPo reports:

Alyokhina tweeted a photo Wednesday of a young man who had joined the five women for the performance — usually they perform as a feminist collective. He had a bloodied face, an injury Alyokhina said was suffered in the attack. She posted another photo of a woman with red marks on her chest.

Tolokonnikova, who was knocked to the ground and hit with a whip, tweeted that her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, had been taken to the hospital, unable to see because of the pepper spray. And David Khakim, a Sochi environmental activist, tweeted that police detained one man for questioning but let the others go.

“We were attacked by 10 Cossacks and men in civilian clothes,” he tweeted.

The Cossacks, descended from czarist-era horsemen who patrolled the borders of the Russian empire, are remembered historically for leading pogroms against Jews. Today they are socially conservative and ardent supporters of the Russian Orthodox Church. Recently, they have been revived as a sort of volunteer citizen patrol, and about 800 of them have supplemented the police providing security for the Winter Games here.

The attacks on Pussy Riot come a day after they were arrested and held for hours without being charged.

Watch video of the attacks, AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. "The Cossacks, descended from czarist-era horsemen who patrolled the borders of the Russian empire, are remembered historically for leading pogroms against Jews. Today they are socially conservative and ardent supporters of the Russian Orthodox Church. Recently, they have been revived as a sort of volunteer citizen patrol, and about 800 of them have supplemented the police providing security for the Winter Games here."

    Well, what do you know? It's the christians again.

    Posted by: Daniel Berry, NYC | Feb 19, 2014 1:18:39 PM


  2. "Well, what do you know? It's the christians again."

    That was a stupid remark.

    Posted by: Tom | Feb 19, 2014 1:40:11 PM


  3. This is disgusting. And NBC, Coca Cola, McDonalds, VISA, Samsung, Panasonic and more are helping fund it since they kept their mouths shut about the atrocities.

    Posted by: Jeff | Feb 19, 2014 1:48:04 PM


  4. The Cossacks are the Christian Taliban of Russia.

    Of course it's the Christians Tom. You're not going to find Jews going around administering public whippings.

    (How unfair! Saying they are Christians when we all know perfectly well that there are some Christians who are not Cossacks!) Just thought I'd provide my own op-ed. See, I can be fair and balanced.

    Posted by: james st. james | Feb 19, 2014 1:58:23 PM


  5. I wish our American activists had an ounce of the heroism these young ladies have.

    Posted by: FFS | Feb 19, 2014 3:06:23 PM


  6. Russia is a Nazi cesspool of a nation.

    Posted by: TheSeer | Feb 19, 2014 4:22:05 PM


  7. "Of course it's the Christians Tom. You're not going to find Jews going around administering public whippings."

    Not only are the Cossacks not Jewish, they were in fact often participants in anti-Jewish pogroms back in the day. It's just that now the targets are not Jews, but people like Pussy Riot, any anti-Putin protesters, and gay people.

    The cossacks are very much in approval of the anti-gay laws.

    Posted by: KevinVT | Feb 19, 2014 5:08:12 PM


  8. Have never seen such a staged event. Whips? Check out bondage videos if you want to see pain. My heavens, folks! Believe anything. LOLOL I do not believe! Not at all defending Putin / Russia, but get a grip and look closely. Well staged but not enough agony!

    Posted by: lg | Feb 20, 2014 4:18:44 AM


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