Pussy Riot Stars Attacked in Russia

Pussy RiotThe two most highly exalted stars of Russia’s grunge band Pussy Riot were attacked this Thursday by a group if males at a local McDonald’s located in Russia City.  According to Russian sources, the group consisted of six juvenile males who assaulted the Pussy Riot members then concluded their attack by dumping a combination of acidic liquid and green dye onto the two females. In addition, it has been reported that the suspects fled the scene by cursing at the two women, as a result of the two making an appearance in the Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod.

Following the attack in Russia, Pussy Riot stars Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova posted various photographs and videos of the assault of several of their social media website. Ironically, both  Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova are both renowned feminists activists. As a result of the attack, both Tolokonnikova and Alyokhina were left with streaking green paint smudged across their faces.

In their youtube video, Pussy Riot stars Maria Alyokhina and Nadezhda Tolokonnikova give a detailed documentary of the attack that occurred in Russia. In the video the two women provide their explanation of having visited Niizhyn Novgorod. According to the video, the two had stopped by with the intention of visiting the prison located in Nizhny Novgorod where prisoners had made appeals for their aid through their organization entitled Justice Zone, which was built off of the foundation of helping prisoners with their rights. It is during this video that the two were assaulted by their attackers. Additionally, their video managed to capture some of the obscene chants that they were subjected to.

Sources from Russia noted that the Pussy Riot stars that were attacked today had only just been released from their two year stay in a prison colony. Both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova were sentenced to their imprisonment as a result of protesting against Vladimir Putin’s 2011 presidential return. This demonstration received worldwide awareness, as the band performed a song at a Roman Cathedral located in Moscow that condemned Putin with excessive profanity. According to authorities from Russia, the two mothers were sentenced for spreading religious hatred.

According to the Amnesty International director Sergei Nikitin , “This attack seems to have been premeditated by a group of organized individuals, when considering how the groups waved a banner and chanted hateful slogans while filming the entirety of the accident.” It was the Amnesty International located in Moscow that requested authorities in Russia to begin an “impartial and independent” investigation regarding the assault. Both Tolokonnikova and  Alyokhina have expressed how they believe that such claims are valid, when considering that the Mcdonald’s location was relatively close to a Russian securtiy service that Putin had once worked for. In addition, a image of the attackers further substantiates these clams, as one of the assailants wore a ribbon with striking similitude to those that were used in several other acts of aggression within the Ukraine, which includes an assault on a photographer earlier this week in which the photographer was left with green pain stained across the martyr’s face.

Although this attack on the two Pussy Riot stars from Russia is unquestionably appalling, it is not the first time that the two have fallen victim to violence since their release from Prison in December. The two had expressed their concerns at the Sochi Olympic Winter Games, where the met violent aggression from Sochi police and military personal. Despite these attacks which have left them battling Russian authorities, both Alyokhina and Tolokonnikova have worked with assiduous passion with their activist efforts.

By Aaron Weis

Sources:
CNN
The New York Times
The Huffington Post
International Business Times

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