Pussy Riot releases video showing whipping by cops in Sochi

Russian punk rock band and activist group Pussy Riot released a new music video showing them in a violent clash with police in Sochi.

In the video, mockingly named “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland,” the band members are seen wearing ski masks and getting whipped, grabbed and hit by police as they perform a song in front of a wall with the Sochi Olympics logo.

It’s the band’s first video since two of its members, Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, were released from a two-year stint in prison. They said they were detained at least three times as they tried to film the latest video in Sochi.

“The Olympics have turned… an authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventative arrests,” Tolokonnikova said at a news conference, according to Reuters. ”The Olympics creates a space for the complete destruction of human rights in Russia. Here we are banned from speaking out. Here everyone’s rights are banned, including political activist, LGBT representatives, ecologists.”


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