Pussy Riot claim responsibility for pitch invasion during World Cup final

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Political punk band Pussy Riot appear to have claimed responsibility for the pitch invasion which took place during the World Cup final on Sunday. Four members dressed as Russian police officers stormed the pitch during the second half of the match. “Right now, there are four members of Pussy Riot on the pitch,” the group wrote on its Facebook page.



In another video released on Sunday, the group tells viewers: “Dear friend, perhaps you know that there is no rule of law in Russia, and any policeman may easily break into your life for no reason. FIFA’s World Cup demonstrated really well how good Russian policemen may behave. But what will happen once it ends? The conclusion and the solution is the only one: you should fight for preventing fabrication of criminal accusations and arresting people for no reason. In order for this to happen you need one thing called political competition. A possibility to participate in your own country’s life and be elected. For everyone. All these are very simple things. But you should decide for yourself what you personally can do so that your Russia would become much more beautiful.

Pussy Riot became famous largely for their public criticism of Russia’s president Vladimir Putin, who they claim is a corrupt dictator. Much of their music centers around the subject of politics in Russia and criticisms against the establishment. In 2012, three members of the band were sentenced to two years in prison for staging a performance inside Moscow’s Cathedral of Christ the Savior.

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The group’s protest is especially timely given not just the World Cup final, but the meeting between Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump taking place on Monday – Pussy Riot have also turned fire on the US president in recent years.

When Putin won the Russian presidency again in March, securing another six years in power, Pussy Riot released their single ‘Elections’ the next day, a renewed anger against the president, with damning lyrics, for example: “You should not be deceived, this event on 18th of March is not elections. Falsifications, eliminations of political opponents, Kremlin-controlled media leave no chance to anybody except Putin.”

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