Russia: Pussy Riot appeals to European court


According to Moscow Times on 25 May 2015, two members of the female protest group Pussy Riot have appealed to the European Court of Human Rights after Russian police failed to prosecute a group of men who attacked them with a whip and pepper spray in front of witnesses in 2014.

Pussy Riot members Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina were assaulted last February by several men wearing traditional Cossack attire as they tried to perform “Putin Will Teach You to Love the Motherland” — a song that mocked Russian President Vladimir Putin — in the Black Sea resort of Sochi, which was at the time hosting the Winter Olympic Games.

Videos of the incident subsequently posted online show the Cossacks — members of a quasi-militant group who now present themselves as guardians of traditional values — using a whip and pepper spray to break up the performance. Another activist, Alexei Nekrasov, was left with a bleeding face after being held facedown on the concrete, while Tolokonnikova’s husband Pyotr Verzilov and artist Lusine Dzhanyan were also injured in the attack.

» Source: – 27 May 2015