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.