Pussy Riot’s New Music Video Shows Sochi Beatdown

Turns out real live state oppression makes for a pretty rocking punk video

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Members of the punk group Pussy Riot are attacked by Cossack militia in Sochi, Russia, on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2014.

Add this to your list of things the Internet is good for.

Just yesterday, a video went viral that showed members of the Russian dissident punk band Pussy Riot being beaten, whipped and pepper sprayed by Cossack militia as they tried to shoot a video of a performance in Sochi, where the winter Olympic games are underway.

And a day later the video was released. But instead of reenacted scenes of police beatings, this music video, courtesy of Sochi’s over-zealous Cossacks, features real live state violence perpetrated against unarmed dissidents. Hard to imagine a more fitting music video for Vladimir Putin’s favorite whipping girls.

7 comments
doughoist
doughoist

Adam called it! Listen to the No Agenda Podcast. Adam made his prediction and it's in the red book. Adam Curry and John C. Dvorak said that the Cossak beating was just making the video and Adam was 100% correct. You gotta love these guys. In the mourning to ya!

wernergbrach
wernergbrach

A planned provocation - and they knew what to expect. The bands music is really lousy and provocing is their only way to attract attention.

As to the action of the Cossack Militia, they acted as expected of them when faced with such provocation. 

Personally I think New York Police action in dealing with the peaceful Wall Street protestors was far more brutal - spraying pepper spray into the faces of peaceful and sitting demonstrators is in my view grievous bodily harm and totally uncalled for in a democracy. Sometimes one has to wonder about US police action and the judiciary. A Canadian pop singer can break all sorts of laws for which an average African American would disappear for several years behind bars. With such moral and judiciary  discrepancies the US is losing respectability all over the world. 


DaleLongwood
DaleLongwood

They should stop causing trouble and this wouldn't happen  

MattKirby
MattKirby

Love it. Title of song is "Turning Lemons into Lemonade" or  "Cossack Dogs, Leave Pretty Russian Girls Alone. We Just Want to Dance and Taunt Putin." Someting like that. My Russian isn't that good.

VicAPalacios
VicAPalacios

@DaleLongwood How do they ever expect anything to change if they don't be quiet and do what they are told to do?