Pussy Riot release Putin-bashing music video shot at Olympics

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While the world’s attention is focused on Russia for the Olympics, protest collective/punk band/righteous agitators Pussy Riot are grabbing headlines again — this time for a music video that includes footage of the group being publicly beaten by the Russian militia.

“Putin Will Teach You How To Love” features the members of the group, in their trademark colorful balaclavas, storming through the streets of Sochi, dancing in front of the Olympic rings, interacting with a weird looking mascot, and getting pummeled by Russian militia forces. The protesters include Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, both of whom were recently released from a Russian prison.

“Under the banner Sochi 2014, to the sound of ‘Putin will teach us to love the homeland,’ Cossacks attacked Pussy Riot, beat us with whips and sprayed a lot of pepper gas at us,” Tolokonnikova tweeted.

Check out their good old-fashioned punk rock anarchy below. 

The lyrics to “Putin Will Teach You How To Love” contain references to an anti-Putin rally that took place on May 6, 2012, that resulted in the arrest of a number of activists, many of whom remain in captivity as political prisoners.

“Freedom to all political prisoners of the May 6 case, to the [jailed] environmentalist Yevgeny Vitishko and all other political prisoners!” read a statement at Pussy Riot’s website. They are also encouraging people to protest at a Moscow court this Friday, when the verdict of that case is supposed to be handed down.

Both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were treated for minor injuries. The Olympics continue in Sochi through this Sunday, when the closing ceremonies will officially end the games.

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