Pussy Riot’s New Music Video Slams Putin, Sochi Olympics

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When cameras captured members of Pussy Riot getting pepper sprayed, whipped and bloodied by Russian militiamen on Wednesday, the punk activist collective reacted how you might expect: They used the footage for a music video.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina, who have become the faces of Pussy Riot, appear with several other brightly-dressed, balaclava mask-wearing protesters in the video for their song, “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland,” which was uploaded to YouTube Wednesday evening.

The video’s release came just hours after Cossack militia members, an auxiliary police force in the region, broke up a Pussy Riot protest staged in front of a wall painted with a promotion for the Winter Olympics about 21 miles from where the games are taking place in Sochi, Russia. The group appears to have been capturing footage for the video during the protest. Read more…

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