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Pussy Riot 'Whipped' By Cossacks Patrolling Sochi Winter Olympics

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Published on Feb 19, 2014

Members of Pussy Riot have claimed they were attacked with whips as they tried to perform a song in Sochi.

"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," Nadezhda Tolokonnikova wrote on Twitter.

Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, who served prison sentences over a protest in a church against President Vladimir Putin, were detained on suspicion of theft in Sochi on Tuesday but were later released.

Cossack patrolmen are being used to enforce security around the Olympic Games. They are meant to maintain order and work with police to make arrests.

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