Pussy Riot claims credit for interrupting World Cup final

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Pussy Riot claims credit for interrupting World Cup final
Pussy Riot claims credit for interrupting World Cup final

Minutes into the game’s second half, four protesters dressed as policemen ran onto the field at Moscow’s Luzhniki Stadium, interrupting play.

Security personnel jumped into action and began removing the protesters – but not before one of them managed to get a double-handed high-five from France’s 19-year-old star Kylian Mbappe.

They also demanded more open “Political competition” in Russia.

President Vladimir Putin has dominated Russian politics for years, and won his fourth term as President earlier this year.

The statement also made reference to the case of Oleg Sentsov, a Ukranian filmmaker sentenced in 2015 to 20 years in prison after being accused of plotting to blow up a Lenin memorial and the headquarters of Putin’s United Russia party in Crimea.

Nearly 6 years ago, three of Pussy Riot’s members were charged with hooliganism and sentenced to two years in prison for performing an anti-Putin protest song called “Punk Prayer” at Christ Savior Cathedral in Moscow.

They have continued to be critical of Putin and his government in the years since.


Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

James Ellingworth, The Associated Press MOSCOW – Russian protest group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms.

The three women and one man who charged onto the field simultaneously in the 52nd minute of one of the world’s most watched sporting events were tackled to the ground by stewards.

Before being hauled away, one of the women managed to reach the center of the field and share a double high-five with France forward Kylian Mbappe.

“Hello everyone from the Luzhniki field, it’s great here,” the heavily political punk band said on Twitter, and released a statement calling for the freeing of political prisoners, an end to “Illegal arrests” of protesters and to “Allow political competition” in Russia.

Pussy Riot rose to global prominence with their daring outdoor performances critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012 that sent two members to prison for nearly two years.

The protest was briefly shown on international TV broadcasts, even though FIFA policy is usually to cut away from field invasions.

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Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

MOSCOW – Russian protest group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms.

The three women and one man who charged onto the field simultaneously in the 52nd minute of one of the world’s most watched sporting events were tackled to the ground by stewards.

Before being hauled away, one of the women managed to reach the center of the field and share a double high-five with France forward Kylian Mbappe.

“Hello everyone from the Luzhniki field, it’s great here,” the heavily political punk band said on Twitter , and released a statement calling for the freeing of political prisoners, an end to “Illegal arrests” of protesters and to “Allow political competition” in Russia.

He denies the charges and has been on a hunger strike since mid-May.The group said the police uniforms symbolized how Russian police’s actions fall short of their “Heavenly” depiction in literature and called for reforms.

Pussy Riot rose to global prominence with their daring outdoor performances critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012 that sent two members to prison for nearly two years.

The protest was briefly shown on international TV broadcasts, even though FIFA policy is usually to cut away from field invasions.

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

MOSCOW – Russian protest group Pussy Riot claimed responsibility Sunday for four people who brought the World Cup final to a brief halt by running onto the field dressed in police uniforms.

The three women and one man who charged onto the field simultaneously in the 52nd minute of one of the world’s most watched sporting events were tackled to the ground by stewards.

Before being hauled away, one of the women managed to reach the center of the field and share a double high-five with France forward Kylian Mbappe.

“Hello everyone from the Luzhniki field, it’s great here,” the heavily political punk band said on Twitter , and released a statement calling for the freeing of political prisoners, an end to “Illegal arrests” of protesters and to “Allow political competition” in Russia.

“The citizens in question were taken to the local police station,” the Moscow branch of the Russian Interior Ministry said, without providing further details.

Pussy Riot rose to global prominence with their daring outdoor performances critical of Russian President Vladimir Putin in 2012 that sent two members to prison for nearly two years.

The protest was briefly shown on international TV broadcasts, even though FIFA policy is usually to cut away from field invasions.

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Pussy Riot claims credit for interrupting World Cup final
Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final
Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final
Pussy Riot claims on-field protest at World Cup final

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