1 Updates
Sochi 2014 Olympics: IOC Says Pussy Riot Punk Group Attacks 'Unsettling'
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Sochi 2014 Olympics: IOC Says Pussy Riot Punk Group Attacks 'Unsettling'

Feb 20 2014, 6:56pm CST | by

The International Olympic Committee has declared attacks on the Pussy Riot Punk group in the Sochi 2014 Olympics as "very unsettling."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared attacks on the Pussy Riot Punk group in the Sochi 2014 Olympics as "very unsettling."  An Feb. 20 ESPN update reveals the sentiments of IOC...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

34 weeks ago

Sochi 2014 Olympics: IOC Says Pussy Riot Punk Group Attacks 'Unsettling'

Feb 20 2014, 6:56pm CST | by

Sochi 2014 Olympics: IOC Says Pussy Riot Punk Group Attacks 'Unsettling' Photo Credit: Getty Images

The International Olympic Committee has declared attacks on the Pussy Riot Punk group in the Sochi 2014 Olympics as "very unsettling."

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has declared attacks on the Pussy Riot Punk group in the Sochi 2014 Olympics as "very unsettling." 

An Feb. 20 ESPN update reveals the sentiments of IOC spokesman Mark Adams on the matter:

"The International Olympic Committee says images of the attack on the Pussy Riot punk group in Sochi 'are very unsettling.'

"IOC spokesman Mark Adams says the governor of the Krasnodar region has apologized for the attack and is investigating.

"Adams says it's a matter not directly related to the Sochi Games but he 'found the pictures and the video very unsettling.'

"On Wednesday, Cossack militia attacked the group with horsewhips as the artists tried to perform under a sign advertising the Sochi Olympics.

"The performance-art collective, made up of a loose grouping of feminists, has called for a boycott, arguing that Putin has exceeded its authority and is restricting human rights. Pussy Riot's Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alekhina spent nearly two years in prison on charges of hooliganism for their protest in Moscow's main cathedral in 2012.

"Pussy Riot's video, called 'Putin will teach you how to love the motherland,' was posted on YouTube and features a song and footage of the band's protests. Members told a news conference their treatment in Sochi is symptomatic of dissent being stifled in Russia."

Tolokonnikova said this was an outright violation of human rights. 

"The Olympics has turned the police state into a total police state and the authoritarian regime into a totalitarian regime with preventive arrests. The Olympics has created an environment of sweeping violations of human rights in Russia. We are banned from speaking out there."

Aside from whipping the group, Cossack militia also removed the members' ski masks in an altercation which occurred at a Sochi restaurant roughly 30 kilometers from the Olympics site, per CBC. 

The fracas lasted less than five minutes with one male member of the Pussy Riot group having a bloodied face. No arrests were made. 

However, Tolokonnikova and Alekhina were detained on Tuesday but were eventually released. She said she and her fellow Pussy Riot members have been constantly shadowed.

"We members of Pussy Riot have been here since late Sunday and we were constantly detained since then. We are constantly surrounded by people, not you journalists, but people who are shadowing us, following our every move and looking for any excuse to detain us."

Her husband, Pyotr Verzilov, said,"Obviously they are trying to prevent us from having a comfortable time in Sochi by doing all these constant checkups and detentions."

International pop sensation Madonna -- "the band's highest-profile fan," per the ESPN update -- tweeted,"Are you kidding me? Are the police in Russia actually whipping Pussy Riot for making music on the streets?.."

Adams also told ESPN the IOC is asking for more details regarding the Pussy Riot controversy but labeled it as an issue for the local government. 

 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Grenada PM willing to act as mediator between WICB, players
Bridgetown (Barbados), Oct 21 (IANS/CMC) Grenada Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has said he is prepared to act as a mediator in the ongoing pay dispute between the cricketers, West Indies Players Association (WIPA) and West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) that led to abandoning of the India tour by the team last week.
 
 
Associate ICC nations confident ahead of World Cricket League
Kuala Lumpur, Oct 21 (IANS) Three associate member nations of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Uganda, Bermuda and Singapore Tuesday exuded optimism of their teams' chances of winning the World Cricket League (WCL) Division 3, beginning here Wednesday.
 
 
'Kenyan athletes unfairly targeted for dope tests'
Eldoret (Kenya), Oct 21 (IANS) Athletics Kenya (AK) chairman Isaiah Kiplagat has said his country's track and road athletes are being unfairly targeted by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) because of the rapid strides made by his compatriots in the discipline.
 
 
Pistorius gets 5 years jail for girlfriend's death
Pretoria, Oct 21 (IANS) South African Paralympian Oscar Pistorius was Tuesday sentenced to five years in jail for culpable homicide of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

1,074 new dengue cases in Chinese province
Beijing, Oct 18 (IANS) China's Guangdong province has reported 1,047 new cases of dengue fever, health authorities said Saturday. Six people have already died in Guangdong -- five in Guangzhou and one in adjacent...
Read more on Business Balla
 
Blake Lively 'always' wanted to be mum
Blake Lively has ''always'' wanted to be a mother. The 27-year-old actress is expecting her first child with husband Ryan Reynolds and she admits she's been dreaming of this moment since she was a youngster. Speaking...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Kris Jenner 'torn apart' by Bruce's new relationship
Kris Jenner feels ''torn apart and angry'' that Bruce Jenner is dating her former assistant. The 58-year-old matriarch split from the 64-year-old Olympic gold medalist last October following 22-years of marriage but is...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini won't move to France
Cheryl Fernandez-Versini doesn't want to move to her husband's home country of France. The 'X Factor' judge, 31, who comes from Newcastle, is adamant she won't be relocating any time soon to suit her new spouse Jean-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Lance Bass sets wedding date
Lance Bass has set a date for his wedding. The former *NSYNC singer and his partner Michael Turchin, who have been dating for two-and-a-half years, are to tie the knot on December 20, 2014, a representative for the...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Nepal avalanche toll reaches 39
Kathmandu, Oct 18 (IANS) At least 39 climbers died while hiking on a key Nepali route after it was hit by a major snowstorm and avalanches earlier this week, BBC reported Saturday citing officials. Over 350 stranded...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jake Gyllenhaal says society is complicit in 'nightcrawling'
Jake Gyllenhaal says almost everybody in society ought to relate to his new movie 'Nightcrawlers'. The eagerly-awaited film concerns those people who monitor police scanners and then race to crime scenes to film eye-...
Read more on Movie Balla
 
India eves look for first win in AFC U-16 qualifiers
Dhaka, Oct 18 (IANS) India will hope to register their first win of the 2015 Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Under-16 Women's Championship qualifiers when they take on hosts Bangladesh in a crucial encounter at the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Moyes mulling return to management
London, Oct 18 (IANS) Former Manchester United manager David Moyes said that he is ready to revive his managerial career six months after being sacked by the 'Red Devils'. "I am ready to return. I have enjoyed the...
Read more on Sport Balla
 
Ebola fears loom over Ghana hosting AFCON
Accra (Ghana), Oct 18 (IANS) The Ghana Medical Association (GMA) cautioned the government Saturday against hosting the 2015 African Cup of Nations (AFCON), despite a request by the Confederation of African Football (...
Read more on Sport Balla