Russian Punk Stars Hit Back At Olympics Bosses After Sochi Attack

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February 20, 2014 | 11:17am EST

Members of Pussy Riot have blasted the leaders of the International Olympic Committee for staying quiet after the punk protest group was whipped and beaten by Russian security forces on Wednesday.
Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina were among six members of the band who were assaulted by Cossack militia as they tried to stage a pop-up show at the site of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.
They were whipped, punched, and subdued with tear gas, and some of the women had their trademark masks viciously yanked off, while others were thrown to the ground.
Now Tolokonnikova and Alekhina, who were both freed from prison in December for an earlier anti-government protest, have slammed Olympics bosses for condemning footage of the sickening assault as “extremely disturbing”, but leaving it to Russian authorities to investigate.
Speaking after the militia attack on Wednesday, Tolokonnikova said, “The Olympics have turned… an authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventative arrests.
“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 activists, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) representatives, (and) ecologists.”
Tolokonnikova and Alekhina, along with a third Pussy Riot member, Yekaterina Samutsevich, were sentenced to two years in prison in 2012 following a Pussy Riot protest at a church in Moscow.