February 20, 2014 |
The Russian punk band Pussy Riot released a new video Thursday featuring footage from its run-in the previous day with a whip-wielding Cossack militia that is helping to patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympics. Since they arrived in the Black Sea resort on Sunday, members of the group have been detained several times . Some were also thrown to the ground and whipped when militia members stopped them from performing under an Olympic sign on Wednesday. The group has called for a boycott of the Games to protest President Vladimir Putin's human rights record. “The Olympics has turned the police state into a total police state and the authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventive arrests,” band member Nadezhda Tolokonnikova said at a news conference Thursday in Sochi, according to Reuters news agency.
February 19, 2014 |
Members of the Pussy Riot punk group say they were whipped by Cossacks who are helping to patrol Sochi during the Winter Olympic Games. Group members told reporters that the incident took place as they tried to perform a song Wednesday in front of a sign advertising the Games. Video posted on YouTube appeared to show members of a Cossack militia and other security officials moving in as the group put on brightly colored ski masks and pulled out a guitar and microphone. In the video, militia members yank off the masks and throw some group members to the ground.
February 19, 2014 |
Mere days after police detained them in Sochi, Russia, Nadya Tolokonnikova, Masha Alyokhina and other members of Pussy Riot were attacked by whip-wielding Cossacks in the same city on Wednesday, according to reports. According to the Guardian and other outlets, members of the punk activist group had assembled in their iconic bright balaclavas in an area about 20 miles from the site of the Winter Olympics. As they prepared to play a new song, "Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland," they were surrounded by plainclothes security officers and uniformed Cossacks, who were enlisted as an informal security force during the Sochi Games.
February 8, 2014 |
There was nothing like a little lip service to wake up UCLA's basketball team. The Bruins appeared in a daze against USC in the first half Saturday night. It had the hangover look from their last effort, a loss to Oregon State. So Steve Alford took a page from the coaching handbook at halftime. BOX SCORE: UCLA 83, USC 73 "We got chewed out," guard Jordan Adams said. Maybe Alford should have done that with his pregame speech. The Bruins found another gear in the second half - at least for seven minutes - and carved out an 83-73 victory over USC in the Galen Center.
February 7, 2014 |
SOCHI, Russia -- The man behind the design of the snowboard of Russian Alexey Sobolev said the inspiration came from old EC horror comic books, not the feminist punk rock band Pussy Riot. Clarity came from artist Brian Romero, who emerged on Instagram to say just that, citing the greatest hits of the genre, Tales of the Crypt, Vault of Horror and Weird Science, among others. " But the viewer always brings their own baggage to the table," wrote Romero, who is the art director of the Los Angeles-based Baker Boys Distribution. Sobolev competed in slopestyle qualifying on Thursday morning at the Olympics and there were questions from Russian media about the snowboard, which featured a design of a knife-wielding woman wearing a ski mask.
February 6, 2014 |
The two freed members of Russian music and performance-art collective Pussy Riot who appeared Wednesday in New York with Madonna at an Amnesty International concert supporting human rights issues worldwide are “no longer members of the group,” according a statement issued by other anonymous members of the collective. “We are very pleased with Masha and Nadia's release,” the statement posted on Pussy Riot's website said of Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, who were sent to a Siberian gulag last year for their “punk prayer” protest in 2012 against Russian President Vladimir Putin.