Pussy Riot claim World Cup pitch invasion

Pussy Riot claim World Cup pitch invasion

The brief invasion in the second half of the match was quickly addressed by security staff – and stands as one of the few remarkable political protests during the tournament.

The invaders were later detained by police, one of them told the Reuters news agency by telephone from a police station near Moscow’s Luzhniki stadium, where the match was held.

The invasion featured two women and a man dressed in police-style uniforms who ran onto the field. A fourth person tried to run onto the pitch but was tackled on the sidelines.

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The social media accounts for Pussy Riot claimed to have been behind the stunt, which was meant to draw attention to what it said were human rights abuses in Russia.

In a statement, the band explained that the stunt was in honour of the death of Dimitriy Prigov – a poet and dissident during the Soviet era.

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NEWS FLASH! Just a few minutes ago four Pussy Riot members performed in the FIFA World Cup final match — Policeman enters the Gamehttps//t.co/3jUi5rC8hh pic.twitter.com/W8Up9TTKMA

The band’s page stated Prigov created an image of a policeman, a carrier of the heavenly nationhood, in the russian culture.

The heavenly policeman, according to Prigov, talks on the two-way with the God Himself. The earthly policeman gets ready to disperse rallies.

The heavenly policeman rises as an example of the nationhood, the earthly policeman hurts everyone.

The post demanded that political prisoners be freed and illegal arrests at rallies be stopped. among other things.

Band member Olga Kurachyova told Reuters she was among those who ran onto the pitch during the game and was detained.

Pussy Riot rose to global prominence in 2012 with their outdoor performances which were critical of the Russian President Vladimir Putin.

News Source SkyNews

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