February 21, 2014

Pussy Riot Whips Sochi

Anna Nemtsova, The Daily Beast

The Associated Press

The punk rock activists performed a new project called “Putin will teach you how to love the motherland”—and became the targets of a spectacle of violence that quickly went global.

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TAGGED: Pussy Riot, Sochi, Sochi Olympics, Vladimir Putin


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