20 February 2014 by

Madonna Voices Outrage As Pussy Riot Protestors Whipped In Sochi

Russia: home to the Winter Olympics… and an appalling gay rights record. So it’s little wonder political protestors Pussy Riot demonstrated against the regime in Sochi this week.

Yet in an horrendous display of brutality the five women from the punk band were attacked with horsewhips and pepper spray by Cossacks, a group used by the authorities to patrol the streets.

“Are you kidding me?”, tweeted Madonna, who shared the stage with them at an Amnesty International concert earlier this month. “Are the police in Russia actually whipping Pussy Riot for making music on the streets?”

Including those attacked by the guards were Nadezhda Tolokonnikova, 24, and Maria Alyokhina, 25, who were only released from prison two months ago after staging an anti-Kremlin protest in 2012.

Earlier this week, Nadezhda tweeted that she’d been arrested on suspicion of theft. She was later released after several hours of questioning.

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