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Cossacks Attack Pussy Riot In Sochi

Cossacks attacked the Pussy Riot punk group with whips and pepper spray on February 19 as the group tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics. The group had gathered to perform in a downtown Sochi restaurant, about 30 kilometers from where the Winter Olympics are being held. They left the restaurant wearing bright dresses and ski masks and had only been performing for a few seconds when they were set upon by Cossacks.

A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Maria Alyokhina (center, in the pink balaclava), stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia, on February 19.
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A Cossack militiaman attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot, including Maria Alyokhina (center, in the pink balaclava), stage a protest performance in Sochi, Russia, on February 19.

A Cossack attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and a photographer as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot stage a protest performance in Sochi.
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A Cossack attacks Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and a photographer as she and fellow members of the punk group Pussy Riot stage a protest performance in Sochi.

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A member of Pussy Riot lies on the ground as the group are attacked by Cossack militia.
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A member of Pussy Riot lies on the ground as the group are attacked by Cossack militia.

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A member of Pussy Riot is restrained by Cossacks after the attack.
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A member of Pussy Riot is restrained by Cossacks after the attack.

A member of Pussy Riot is restrained by a Cossack after the attack in Sochi.
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A member of Pussy Riot is restrained by a Cossack after the attack in Sochi.

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