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Excerpt: "Two members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant."

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) and Maria Alyokhina, who were attacked in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. (photo: Dzhavakhadze Zurab/ITAR-TASS)
Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova (R) and Maria Alyokhina, who were attacked in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod. (photo: Dzhavakhadze Zurab/ITAR-TASS)


Pussy Riot Members Attacked With Green Paint and Rubbish

By Reuters

07 March 14

 

Video shows men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina in McDonald's restaurant in Nizhny Novgorod

wo members of the Russian protest group Pussy Riot were attacked by a group of men who poured rubbish and bright green paint over them and shouted obscenities at them at a McDonald's restaurant.

A video, uploaded by the group on Thursday, shows at least three men attacking Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, shouting "[Go] to America!" and shooting paint into their faces from syringes in the city of Nizhny Novgorod.

"It hurts! Why are you doing this?" Tolokonnikova says, with green stains on her face and hands. "You don't have the right to hurt me. Please don't do that to anyone anymore."

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Xnf5bDBTg

 

Alyokhina said she suffered head injuries and Tolokonnikova had chemical burns. The men wore patriotic symbols – so-called St George, ribbons which commemorate the victory over Nazi Germany in the second world war.

Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina spent nearly two years in prison for performing a "punk prayer" in a protest against Vladimir Putin in a Russian Orthodox church in Moscow.

Celebrated in the west as activists who fight for freedom of speech, they are disliked by many people in Russia's socially conservative provinces, where support for Putin is strong.

They were freed in December, and went to Sochi on the Black Sea coast last month to film an anti-Putin video while the city was hosting the Winter Olympics.

They were briefly detained by police in Sochi and beaten with a whip by Cossacks, who were reinforcing security during the Games.

Alyokhina said on Twitter that she and Tolokonnikova were attacked on their way to a local penal colony where she served her prison term. They said after their release from jail that they would fight for prisoners' rights.

Tolokonnikova blamed local police for the attack. The police said they were investigating the case and declined to comment on the allegations.

"They can say it was a provocation by the law enforcement authorities. The law enforcement authorities can say it was a PR-stunt by Pussy Riot. We don't deal with rumours," a police spokeswoman said.

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0 # Cassandra2012 2014-03-08 18:28
Russian 'men' aren't, are they? Just spoiled little boys who need to get their way all the time.
 

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